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The following educational opportunities are pre-recorded webinars from Occupationaltherapy.com and ATIA Online Professional Development and the Assistive Technology Internet Modules that have been presented or authored by Cindy.

Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM)

ATIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development on assistive technology. ATIM modules are available at no cost. Credit options are available for a fee. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, forms, additional resources, a glossary, and much more. This is an excellent educational resource. Check out the many topics from the link provided. Following is a list of modules authored by Cindy.

Assessing Computer Access – Part 1

This module will assist teams in using the WATI Assessment process to assess a student’s need for assistive technology in the area of computer access. The process systematically progresses through information gathering, decision-making and implementation planning. The WATI Decision Making Guide is used to support the team with guiding questions to provide information about the Student, Environment(s) and Tasks. This module is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will further explore tools for Access to the Computer.

Computer Access Tools – Part 2 

This module, The WATI Assessment Process: Computer Access Tools – is part 2  of 2 on computer access. This module will continue to explore the WATI assessment process using the WATI Decision Making Guide for the selection and implementation of assistive technology tools for computer access. Computer access tools and software will be explored for cognitive, learning, motor, vision and hearing impairments. Then we will use The WATI AT continuum for computer access as a guide to explore tools from the simplest to the more complex tools. This module will include resources for tools and vendors.

Assessing Mobile Device Access – Part 1

This module will assist teams in using the WATI Assessment process to assess a student’s need for assistive technology in the area of access to mobile devices. The process systematically progresses through information gathering, decision-making and implementation planning. The WATI Assistive Technology Decision Making Guide supports the team with guiding questions to provide information about the Student, Environment(s) and Tasks.  This module is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will further explore tools for mobile device access.

Tools for Mobile Device  Access – Part 2

This module will continue to explore the WATI Decision Making Guide as a tool to select and implement assistive technology tools for mobile device access. The WATI AT continuum for mobile device access acts as a guide to explore tools and resources including descriptions and suggested vendors.

Switch Access – Part 1

The intent of this module is to provide information and resources on switch access to technology such as computers, mobile devices and AAC equipment, characteristics of students who may potentially benefit from switch access and how to use the WATI assessment process for students needing switch access. The WATI assessment process systematically continues through information gathering, decision-making and implementation planning. The WATI AT Decision-Making Guide supports the team with guiding questions designed to yield information about the student, environment(s) and tasks. This module is Part I of two parts. Part II, Switch Access Tools – WATI – Part II, further explores tools for switch access.

The WATI Assessment Process: Switch Access – Part 2

Students with significant motor impairments may be limited in their options to play, learn, work, and interact with others. In some cases, switch access is their only option for controlling a computer, mobile device, toys, communication device, and environmental controls. A single, dual, or multiple switch array may be used to tap, scroll, and select items on a computer or mobile device and thereby provide access to reading, writing, leisure and entertainment, communication, and environmental controls. Switch settings may be adjusted to accommodate the type of selection needed; for example, a single activation, press and hold, automatic scanning, or a dual-switch row-column scanning.

Selection of the proper equipment requires careful assessment, and implementation requires well-planned training to promote success for the student using switch access. This module on assistive technology (AT) for switch access Part II will continue with the WATI AT assessment process for selection and implementation of tools for switch access. The WATI AT Decision-Making Guide will present guiding questions to assist the team in completing the assessment process. The WATI AT Continuum for Consideration – Switch Access will be used as an organizational guide to present tools and resources for switch access. The module includes additional supporting articles, forms, case examples, and strategies for instruction and implementation of switch access.

Writing – Motor Aspects – Part 1

Writing is a complex process that involves both the motor aspects of handwriting and the cognitive component of creating or composing written material. This module will focus on assistive technology assessment for the motor aspects of writing.

Specifically, the module will follow the WATI assessment process as it systematically progresses through information gathering, decision-making, and implementation planning. The WATI Assistive Technology Decision-Making Guide supports the team with guiding questions designed to yield information about the student, environment(s), and tasks.

This module is Part I of two parts. Part II, “Writing: Motor Aspects – WATI – Part II,” will further explore tools for writing.

Writing: Motor Aspects – Part 2

This module is Part II of assistive technology (AT) for the motor aspects of writing. Writing – WATI – Part I focused on the first four sections of the WATI assessment process, including information gathering, as well as special considerations the student, environment, and tasks. This module will cover the remaining sections of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide as it systematically progresses through solution generation, solution selection, and implementation planning. The module includes assessment tools and forms, case examples, examples of assistive technology (AT) tools for writing following a continuum from low- to high-tech tools, learning activities, and additional supporting articles for further independent study.

OccupationalTherapy.com Webinars

The following webinars are recorded and available for CEUs at www.occupationaltherapy.com

iAccess: iPad Accessibility Training

The iPad is a highly engaging and versatile tool and research indicates that iPads play a significant role in increased student achievement. Now persons with significant physical access issues may also benefit from the versatility of the iPad for learning, communication, leisure and more. This session will focus on the physical and motor accessibility features in the iPad iOS, hardware including switch interfaces, switches and mounts. A collection of resources, picture and video tutorials will provide you with a step by step guide to alternate access to the iPad.

iVideo: video Modeling Using Your iPad

Video modeling is an evidence-based practice used to teach social skills, communication, cognitive/academic skills, self care routines and vocational skills. Therapist and educators are using video self-modeling in the clinic, classroom, work setting, home and community. This session will share information, resources and research on video self-modeling, case examples and strategies for successful implementation. Using iMovies and Picture Scheduler apps you will learn how to capture video, edit video, share and organize your videos. The success and maintenance of goals attained using video self-modeling will make this your number one tool in your toolkit.

iRead: Reading Accessibility Using the iPad

This session will address reading accessibility for the struggling readers using the iPad. Research indicates that iPads play a statistically significant role in increased student achievement in the area of literacy. Participants will learn about iPads built in accessibility features, eBook readers and their accessibility features, accessing Bookshare for digital textbooks and epub reader apps you need for theses specialized formats. This session will also review other alternate supportive reading apps with examples for PK-12. Bring your iPad for hands-on learning. Additional online resources will be provided for continued self-study.

iWrite: Writing Supports using the iPad

From letter formation to composition, this session will address writing supports for the struggling writer using the iPad. Research indicates that iPads play a statistically significant role in increased student achievement in the area of literacy. The agenda will include accessibility features built into the iOS operating system, supportive and alternative apps for pre-writing, apps for idea generation, apps for editing with text to speech and word prediction features and solutions for completing worksheets digitally. Bring your iPad for hands on learning. Additional online resources will be provided for continued self-study.