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Augmentative Communication: Beyond Talking

Format(s):   Home-study
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy
Contact Hours:   6
Registration Fee:   $171

At the end of this course the professional will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of terminology used in Augmentative communication. Determine the utilization of two general principles of positioning for improving access to AT. Identify the steps involved in evaluation of positioning, access & applications used based on three case studies and suggest recommendations to improve communication. Name and define six types of access methods available for SGDs and other AT devices. Identify clinical indicators for the six types of access methods. Determine utilization of facilitators for the six access methods. Demonstrate knowledge of programming the six access methods. Identify the four steps involved in Switch Assessment. Employ knowledge of six important characteristics and the seven locations on the switch site hierarchy to determine an ideal switch site. Differentiate between a mechanical switch and an electronic switch and name at least four of each type. List the pros and cons of interfacing used to provide access through the power wheelchair driving method. Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology used in mounting of Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) and specifications of seven available options for mounting SGDs to a wheelchair. Identify seven clinical advantages of and demonstrate knowledge in use of SGDs as EADLs. Determine utilization of SGDs for computer access and four special applications to provide alternatives for written communication. List seven uses of SGDs.

Target Audience
Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.

In this course clinicians are instructed on select topics that provide a foundation for understanding Augmentative communication. Access methods will be explored in-depth, educating clinicians on clinical indicators, facilitators, and programming. Instruction will also include differentiation between mechanical and electronic switches, the pros and cons of interfacing used to provide access through power wheelchair driving method and coverage of applications and advantages of Speech Generating Devices (SGD) for wheelchairs. This Seminar-On-Demand is 6 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Dates and Locations
Purchase Address:   Home-study
Dates:   01-01-2020 - 01-01-2020, 12:00AM 12:00AM