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Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Friday, July 13, 2018

Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Use Switches: Ready-Set-Click!

Join us for our Closing the Gap Pre-Conference Session

Students with significant disabilities struggle with using switches to access the critical keys to life: communication, education and self mobility. This workshop will describe and demonstrate frameworks, tools, a wide range of motivating activities and strategies for how to create a comprehensive plan to teach students to successfully use switches. Case examples of a variety of students with complex needs will be highlighted throughout the day to direct discussion of issues such as Cortical Vision Impairment, uncontrolled or limited range of movements, eye gaze and/or scanning, tangling of switch cords, Bluetooth pairing challenges, light tech and high tech scanning (including partner-assisted/supported techniques), and data collection.  There will be hands-on activity stations that target: switch and mount hardware exploration, setting up switch access on the iPad (using Switch Control with and without Recipes), making simple and complex toy adaptations, using PowerPoint to create switch activities, and commercially available switch software exploration.

Date and Time:

  • September 25, 2018
  • 8:00 am – 4:30 pm




Presenter Information:

Gretchen Hanser, Ph.D., is the Director of Assistive Technology, The iHope Academy, New York, NY; Deanna Wagner, M.S., CCC-SLP is an SLP and AT Specialist, TherapyOne, Phoenix, AZ; Laurel Richardson Buell, M.S., is an OTR, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology Services, Mesa, AZ; Leon Kirschner, M.S., OTR/L, is the Director of Occupational Therapy, The iHope Academy, New York, NY;Stephanie Hui, M.S., ATP is a Senior Occupational Therapist, The iHope Academy, New York, NY.

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