Session 5A - Moving through the Classroom Day: Supporting Task Engagement and AT in Activity

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

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Moving through the Classroom Day: Supporting Task Engagement and AT in Activity

Speaker:  Karen Kangas
Session Description:
This course will focus on strategies and support for task engagement for students with complex bodies within their classroom environments throughout their day. Access to a specific piece of AT or AAC equipment is not enough. Students need to participate throughout the day’s activities. Moving, literally, throughout the room, and postural movement within the activity are both important to activity engagement.  How can the environment be configured and organized to support task engagement? How do we manage all the equipment and adult bodies within our spaces to create student-centered activity and use AT to engage students in new learning?

Speaker Bio:
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.