How to Choose and How to Use Mounts for Eyegaze Systems

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 Karen M. Kangas, OTR/L

Students beginning to use Eyegaze systems for AAC need adjustability in placement of the device and its
display as they learn how to use it. As the student learns, and as the display becomes more complex, the
placement may need to change. Also, activity demands may alter the position the device needs to be in, in
relationship to the child’s face and eyes. Once she is familiar, and then subsequently, fluent with the device,
again, changes may need to happen. When and how should the device be mounted on a wheelchair and
where? This session will compare table mounts, standing mounts, and wheelchair mounts’ features, all critical
for “matching” them up with the needs of the student, her device and her environments. Participants will
learn what is available, and how to choose based on a “feature/match” approach.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, PSYCH

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have
sustained traumatic brain injury, Speech Therapists, Assistive Technology Specialists, Occupational Therapists
and/or Physical Therapists, Parents, Guardians, Family Members, Paraprofessionals

Speaker Bio: Karen Kangas, OTR/L, is a seating, mobility and positioning specialist, assistive technology specialist, consultant and clinical educator. She has been in private practice since 1996 in Pennsylvania and is a clinical faculty member at Misericordia University. In 1985, she developed programs to support inclusion and increased independence using seating and access with assistive technology through the PA Board of Education, Bureau of Special Education and then, subsequently, in 1990, at Pennsylvania State University’s University Hospital Rehabilitation Center. Karen has presented nationally and internationally on issues of seating, positioning, access, mobility, and assistive technology.