Questions to Ask Your OT to Optimize AAC Device Use in the Classroom and School Environments (On-Demand)

Questions to Ask Your OT to Optimize AAC Device Use in the Classroom and School Environments (On-Demand)


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Recorded: May 18, 2022

Length: 90-Minutes

Many students (described in the categories of low and high incidence) who use AAC products could be communicating more effectively across environments if attention were paid ‘to the little things’. Typically the OT or PT on the trans-disciplinary team that assesses a student to determine candidacy for an AAC device is looking at access/selection mode but this is only part of the role of the occupational therapy in the assessment/follow along process!

VERIFIABLY the lens of the OT exceeds motor access. This webinar will focus on AAC through the OT lens looking at the various perceptual, motor, environmental adjustments that could be made to the student – device connection that could potentially enhance communication and engagement in the educational setting. Participants will co-author ‘the list’ classroom teachers can present to the occupational therapy team member to enhance student success in the classroom, bus, lunchroom and playground!

This session is intended for school personnel who interact with students using AAC devices and strategies throughout the school day, from bus pick up to drop off!

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Increase understanding of the OT Scope of Practice (OTPF 4) relevant to the role of OT and AAC and identify 3 components with which they were previously unfamiliar..
  • With clearer vision of the OT lens, will list 3 contributions the OT offers throughout the AAC process beyond access.
  • Recognize possibilities for one of their students and frame one question for the OT to increase more efficient communication using AAC strategies.

Froma Jacobson,
B.S., OT, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Midwestern University – Glendale.