Seattle Course #4-Supporting Access to AT & AAC for Students with Complex Bodies Part 1

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Wednesday- March 7, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

Course #4 -Never Give Up: Supporting Access to AT & AAC for Students with Complex Bodies- Access, Seating, Postural Control & Sensory
Processing- Part 1

by Karen M. Kangas, OTR/L- Camp Hill, PA              

About the Speaker

Karen Kangas, OTR/L, is a seating, mobility and positioning specialist, assistive technology specialist, consultant and clinical educator. She has been working since 1973 in many and varied settings including the school system, group homes, early intervention programs, integrated day care, home health, rehabilitation centers, residential facilities, and long-term care facilities. She has been actively teaching since 1985 all over the United States, and in Canada, Sweden, Israel, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, and Germany. Karen is a clinical faculty member at Misericordia University and she teaches a week long graduate course on Seating in Pediatric Practice. Karen has developed teaching materials, including assessment tools, and videotapes and has been in private practice since 1996 in Pennsylvania. She has been an active participant in the International Seating Symposiums including RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America). She is regularly sought out to teach at national, state, and local seminars, training workshops, and conferences on issues of seating, positioning, access, mobility, and assistive technology. Karen is currently working on a book series on seating, sensory processing, powered mobility and access to assistive technology. Disclosures: Financial- Karen has a private practice and she receives speaking and consulting fees from Adaptive Switch Labs, Inc. There are no nonfinancial relationships to dis- close.

Target Audience (who should attend):  Assistive Technology Team Members/ Specialists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Special Education Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Case Managers, Nurses, Social Workers, Administrators/

Principals, Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Pre-Kindergarten through 21 years

Course Description:  

Access remains a “problem” for many of the children we serve, especially those who have increased or fluctuating or unpredictable tone or extremely low tone and are seated in wheelchairs. How can we decide what will work, including eye gaze, single switch access or assisted direct selection? Why do these children seem to not make progress? Sensory processing directly affects visual convergence, focus, attention and postural control. To assist these children in wheelchairs in developing and using “access” to assistive technology devices, we must also better understand how their bodies work functionally, rather than pathologically, and what different seating equipment is needed. 

This is Day 1 of this 2-day course.

 What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

• Define the term “seating” as it applies to an individual and as it applies to a therapist

• Identify at least 2 characteristics of seating for task engagement

• Identify the two modes of sensory processing and explain their relationship to each other

• Identify 6 out of 10 characteristics of the physiological processes of movement

• Identify 3 out of 4 categories of varying tone, their origin, and their relationship to movement

• Define the differences between seating for postural management and seating for postural control and identify at least 2 of 3 characteristics of each

• Compare postural mechanisms between at least two individuals shared in the case studies by contrasting at least two characteristics of tactile processing vs. vestibular processing

• Describe at least 3 treatment/teaching techniques needed to support motor learning