Session 5A - All Aboard! The Joy is in the Journey of Access and Accessibility to AAC Within the Cla

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Speaker: Karen Kangas

Session Description:
When a student is learning her/his AAC device and its access, the journey is critical.  This is not a destination that is supposed to be simple, nor easy. Instead, like reading and writing, it is supposed to be fun, exciting, but challenging.  Remember when a student is not able to speak easily, nor demonstrate mobility independence, the tasks become even more complex.  However, recognizing how to teach and support both the student and the adults on this journey of learning the access within the activity, and its future accessibility for the student will be shared.

Speaker Biography:

Karen Kangas, OTR/L,  is an occupational therapist in private practice; she specializes in providing direct treatment to children and adults with complex bodies, consultation to local school teacher/therapy teams and their students, and clinical workshops specifically focusing on Seating, Access to AT and Children with Complex Bodies. Karen has worked as an OT since 1973 in many settings including school systems, early intervention programs, home health, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities.  She has been actively teaching since 1985 on Seating and Positioning; Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration as it relates to Seating for Function; Alternative Access and Powered Mobility; Assessment and Integration of Assistive Technology all over the USA, as well as in Canada, Sweden, Israel, Ireland, Scotland, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
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