Occupational Therapy Workshop Series

Alternative Access to Technology and Communication

This workshop provides an understanding of the skills and strategies involved in enabling a child with a physical disability and complex communication needs to communicate successfully, achieving use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication aids and technology using alternate access methods (switching).

Friday 3rd June & Saturday 4th June 2022
9am - 4pm

Teaching Targeting Skills Task Series

This workshop aims to provide participants with the knowledge that is required in the learning process to target, and strategies to teach an individual how to isolate a pointer finger to target. Isolation of a pointer finger is a vital skill required for an individual to access their communication system, technology, leisure activities and perform day to day tasks. Through this workshop you will gain knowledge in typical development of learning to point and target, key motor and sensory impacts on learning how to point and strategies to teach successful targeting.

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Direct Access to Technology

This workshop aims to provide strategies to support targeting on an electronic screen for children learning to isolate their index finger or eye gaze. Strategies will be presented to encourage accessing the whole screen and staying back from the screen (for children with sensory processing challenges). It is also aimed to support individuals who may use direct access for their electronic AAC to access the computer and other features, such as mouse control and mainstream technologies via your communication device.

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Indirect Access to Technology

This workshop aims to support individuals to access technology using switches. This workshop will explore the initial stages of switch access including: position of switches, type of switches and appropriate activities. Participants will also learn strategies to support a range of individuals to become automatic with their switch use to promote long term independence in daily life. This workshop also includes steps to developing autonomy to eye-gaze access to technology.

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Daily Routines

Daily routines offer many opportunities for people with complex physical disabilities to participate successfully to do the things they want to do while addressing their posture, movement, communication and technology requirements. This workshop focuses on how to embed strategies into daily routines including change of positions, assistive technology and active participation and learning in daily life activities for individuals. The practical strategies presented have been derived from many years of collaborative problem-solving with families and therapists.

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