Enhancing Engagement: Exploring Electronic Sensors (Switches) for Students with Complex Bodies

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Session Dates

Tuesday April 30, 2024 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM - PaTTAN - CENTRAL

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

Join us for an engaging 60-minute training session on using electronic sensors (“switches”) available in kits at your regional PaTTAN office. Discover how electronic sensors support students in managing access using switches, with ease of energy (as sensors are zero force), with transparency to the device being managed, for increased accuracy of switching control and frequently allowing the student to utilize two switch scanning access, in essence “removing” wait time. These applications can support students' increased task engagement as the motor control of the task is now easier from an energy demand, and more time and energy can be utilized in cognitive pursuit. We'll delve into considerations for students faced with significant motor challenges and explore strategies to enhance their engagement with the surrounding environment. For a "Closer Look at Access," check out the 5-part training series on the PaTTAN YouTube playlist:



At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the capabilities of electronic sensors (“switches”) and their relevance in facilitating increased independent control.
  • Identify the unique needs of individual students with challenging motor impairments in engaging with their surroundings.
  • List practical ideas and techniques for utilizing electronic sensors (“switch”) kits to promote activity engagement among students with complex bodies.

Target Audience

AT Consultants from IUs, LEAs, and Approved Private Schools

Topics Covered: Assistive Technology

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Kim Clemens at kclemens@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant, Karen Kangas

Event Contact:


Kim Clemens

Content Contact:

Tammy Thompson-Cooke