PRE-05TW Assistive Technology Essentials for OccupATional Therapists: Picking pAThways to ParticipATion
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Room: Caribbean VII
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Room: Caribbean VII

This is a Bring Your Own Device Workshop

In today’s complex and dynamic classroom environment, educators and service providers are challenged to include learners with diverse needs. With the help of assistive technology, all learners can meaningfully participATe, communicATe, and learn. As mainstream technology has evolved, so has assistive technology from individualized devices or adaptations, to more general software and hardware solutions which can support a variety of individuals along a continuum of abilities. There are challenges and opportunities for occupational therapy practitioners working in educational environments to assist in the development of academic, physical and social environments, and determine the strategies, supports, and tools that to facilitate meaningful engagement for all learners. Last year at ATIA this team of presenters posed the question, “Can you be a successful OT without considering AT?” We pointed out that motivATion, collaborATion, considerATion, evaluATion, fabricATion, customizATion, accommodATion and implementATion all have “AT” in them. In seeking the answer to the question, we invited participants to embark upon a journey of guided and independent discovery to find the AT in OccupATional Therapy and select pathways that best addressed their individual learning styles and personal learning objectives. Through modeled web 2.0 tools, individual exploration, discussion, and make and take materials, we created an electronic repository of resources to be shared and expanded upon. Undeniably, occupational therapy practitioners possess invaluable skills and offer expertise in activity and environmental analysis, tool and environmental modificATion, sensory processing, and strATegies to improve or compensATe for performance variability. Those skills are the building blocks for AT consideration and implementATion. This institute will advance the knowledge base of OTs working in the schools and continue build upon the foundation laid by last year’s pick your pATh experience. If you participated last year, come and continue the journey where we left off. If you are joining us for the first time this year, welcome, we’ll show you where we’ve been and you can join us as we continue to forge new routes and routines with AT. New and returning participants will enhance and share their understanding of the components required to successfully match technology to the unique needs of each individual. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a continuum of tools and interventions from do-it-yourself to high tech with information presented in a “pick your pATh” format facilitated by the instructors. A preconference survey sent to all registrants will partially guide specific presentation topics. Participants are encouraged to BYOD. No device? No problem! Come as you are. Occupational therapy practitioners are encouraged to become agents of change, shifting service delivery models, and acting on behalf of individuals, groups, and populations, to support independence and participation for all. Whether new to the job, or an experienced practitioner, this institute will provide opportunities to share information, collaborate, and build upon existing knowledge. Participants will walk away with a digital toolkit of resources to allow for immediate implementATion to facilitATe participATion and promote independence.

Session Evaluation
*Experience Level
*Learning Objectives
1. First Key Learning Objective  Participants will name three or more environmental modifications that can be made with readily available resources to improve access and achievement.
2. Second Key Learning Objective  Participants will identify at least five tools or resources which accommodate for challenges and promote independence and participation.
3. Third Key Learning Objective  Participants will evaluate the factors which facilitate the AT implementation process, identify which factors inhibit effective implementation and develop a plan to overcome obstacles to effective implementation.
*Select the Strand
*Is this session being presented by an ATIA Exhibitor or an ATIA Member?
No, Neither an Exhibitor or Member
Accessible Instructional Materials/NIMAS
High Incidence
Low Incidence
Multiple Disabilities
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
*Target Audience
AT Specialists
AT Specialists
Occupational Therapists
Physical Therapists
Rehab Therapists
Special Education Educators
CE Designation
AAC Institute
Co-Speaker : Matthew Press, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Pendergast School District
Primary Speaker : Judith Schoonover, Occupational Therapist/Assistive Technology Trainer, Loudoun County Public Schools