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Assistive Technology

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UW ECHO in Assistive Technology provides training and the sharing of best practices for educators and service providers to consider, implement and evaluate the use of assistive technology to improve outcomes for students.

Network participants include assistive technology professionals, specialists and teams, school administrators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers, including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Assistive Technology is a collaboration with Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources.


Sessions

Sessions are on Thursdays, bi-weekly,
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

Instructions for joining Zoom are available. Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

Past Sessions:

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Learning Topics (Spring 2021)

*Session materials will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting time.*

January 28: Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Speech Generating Devices (SGDs)

Join this session for an overview of low/mid/high tech AAC items and SGD's available from the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources. Presenter will share information about various communication apps, AAC assessment tools, and resources for AAC implementation.

Presenter: Terri Wofford, M.S., SLP-CCC, Speech-Language Pathologist, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

February 11: Thinking Inside the Box - Choosing the Right AAC App

This one session takes a look at the myriad of different AAC applications (on devices, tablets and iPads). We will spend time discussing the cognitive considerations of AAC use and propose a system for organizing and understanding the different ways popular AAC applications support effective and efficient communication across environments, while promoting age appropriate language development. Participants will gain information to assist in choosing appropriate AAC systems and understanding the systems they are currently using.

Presenter: Vicki Clarke, CEO, Dynamic Therapy Associates, Inc. (DTA, Inc.)

February 25: AAC Teletherapy - Tips and Tools for Success

In March 2020, many of us were required to quickly pivot to virtual learning. After much trial, error, learning and collaboration, teletherapy is now a valuable and accessible tool for AAC support. Teaching AAC learners virtually is nuanced and requires modeling an AAC system, engaging digital activities, and coaching the circle of support. This session will explore tips and technology tools to support all aspects of remote AAC instruction.

Presenter: Sarah Gregory, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Consultant, Ithaca City School District (New York)

March 11: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) from a Family Perspective

Join this session to meet the McNeill Family as they share their experiences using Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Speech Generating Devices to support their daughter's communication needs in rural Wyoming.

Presenter: Terri Wofford, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

March 25: Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources for Individuals with Autism

Join this session for an overview of AT items available from the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) and how they can benefit individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Presenters: Terri Wofford, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

April 8: AT Assessment Considerations for Individuals with Autism

Learning Objectives: 1) Identify at least two types of AT commonly used with individuals with ASD; 2) Identify the components of the team when completing an AT assessment and special team considerations when working with individuals with ASD; 3) Identify at least two strategies to consider for the "setup for success" when working with individuals with ASD.

Presenters: Terri Wofford, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

April 22: Virtual Supports for Adapted Living Skills

Learning Objectives: 1) Identify “why” direct training is needed for adaptive skills; 2) Identify at least 2 adaptive skills that are important to teach to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; 3) Identify at least 2 tech options to use for adaptive skills.

Presenter: Terri Wofford, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities and Anna Moyer, Developer, Accessible Chef website

May 6: A Mother’s Perspective - Using Assistive Technology-Speech Generating Device & Autism

In this session, a parent will share her perspective on using AT and AAC with her son.

Presenter: Susan Delicath, Parent

May 20: Wrap-Up & Discussion

This session will reflect on the 2020-2021 ECHO in AT sessions and participants will provide feedback for needs for 2021-2022.

Presenter: Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) team

*May 20 Session Registration*

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