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Advanced Winners Announced
Three Advanced AT Support Teams have been chosen randomly from the list of Advanced Teams completing the assignments by the February 10th deadline!
Byng, Guthrie, and Mid-Del Teams will have the opportunity to select $250 worth of assistive technology to use to benefit students in their district! Thanks to all our Advanced Teams for participating in ABLE Tech AT Support Team Training, and helping your students to get the devices and services they need to succeed!
ABLE Tech will award a total of nine teams $250 worth of assistive technology devices as an incentive to encourage participation. Participants who attended the Intermediate and Beginner Workshops in January and February have until April 28th to complete their respective activities. Assignments may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginner and Intermediate winners will be chosen May 1. Good luck!
Participants are encouraged to borrow devices for trial with their students as they complete activities such as the AT Assessment and the AT Implementation Organizer. Click for ABLE Tech Device Demo and Loan Program.
Join ABLE Tech Occupational Therapist Specialist Dina Anderson to learn about seating and positioning devices that can assist in postural support, pressure management, positioning of devices, and even attention to task! This 45 minute webinar will air Tuesday, April 11 from 3:45 until 4:30 p.m. No Pre-Registration Necessary!
AT Discovery Webinar: Seating, Positioning & Mobility
3:45 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017
To join the webinar, go to http://atia.adobeconnect.com/atdis-4-11-17/
Conference Number: +1 8775272344
Conference Code: 1059266572
No Pre-Registration Necessary!
.5 CEUs pending for OT/OTA and PT/PTA for participation in live webinar.
Dina Anderson, Occupational Therapist Specialist, Oklahoma ABLE Tech
The webinar is the seventh of our series aligned with ABLE Tech’s “AT Discovery” website feature, and will include an overview of the webpage for Seating, Positioning & Mobility. Dina will review an AT Consultation as a case study and answer participants’ questions. AT Support Teams as well as other educators, parents, and professionals are invited to participate. AT Discovery webinars are designed to allow districts the opportunity to provide educators with free professional development without leaving their school!
"AT Discovery" Webinar Series
|09/20/2016||Environmental Controls (archived)|
|10/18/2016||Learning, Cognition, Development (archived)|
|11/08/2016||Speech Communication (archived)|
|01/10/2017||Daily Living (archived)|
|04/11/2017||Seating, Positioning, Mobility Listen Live!|
|05/09/2017||Computer Access & Ergonomics|
Participants may join as a group or individually. See "AT Discovery" Webinar Series Details
State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP):
Leaders of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) are developing plans to scale up the program next year by expanding outward from Tulsa County to train on AT and accommodations in small districts and reach out to general education teachers. These educators often have students with disabilities in their classes, but have limited understanding of the AT and accommodations their students need.
SSIP Leadership will be submitting reports on the first year of activities to the Office of Special Education Programs this month. Goals for training teachers on accommodations were met, however, training for educators and parents on AT and accommodations fell short.
ABLE Tech is continuing to seek K through 3rd grade educators and related service providers to learn how to assess students for AT, and acquire AT for students to use in the classroom. Forty Tulsa-area K through 3rd grade educators participated in Beginner AT Support Team workshops this year, and twenty more are needed to reach the SSIP goals.
Once training is complete, the Oklahoma State Department of Education plans to look at IEPs to see how educators have included AT in their students' IEPs. Following state testing, they will look for evidence of improvements in reading, which would provide confirmation that the training efforts were successful.
For questions and/or to participate as a district in Tulsa County, please contact Allyson Robinson:
email@example.com or 405-744-4608.
Part C SSIP
As part of the SSIP, ABLE Tech has posted a new online video resource with ideas for promoting early literacy. Speech Language Pathologist Allyson Robinson shows assistive technology (AT) devices and ideas to support the development of early literacy skills for infants, toddlers and children who are not yet reading.
Whether the child has a vision, speech, physical/motor and/or cognitive impairment, there is a way to help him or her explore age-appropriate texts and encourage the development of early literacy skills!
Click to view AT for Early Literacy video on YouTube!
Training is scheduled this month for SoonerStart Personnel on how to help families encourage early literacy with activities and resources in the home. The April 10th workshop will also include information on funding resources in Oklahoma as well as information and resources on transitioning AT devices with children as they start school. For questions regarding the Part C SSIP, contact Jennifer Horton or Kim Macy at 918.835.8691.
Positioned for Success
ABLE Tech provides assistive technology (AT) consultation services to assist educators and families in selecting AT to help students with disabilities reach their educational goals. ABLE Tech AT Consultations are modeled after the SETT Framework created by Dr. Joy Zabala. The following case study is provided as an example.
Seating, Positioning & Mobility
Plan Type: IEP
Related Services: Occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy
The parent and therapy providers supplied the following information to begin the process:
The student has a medical disorder which required hip surgery. Following the procedure, she was to be in a body cast for 6 weeks, and would be unable to sit up during that time. She had difficulty doing any activity due to the reclined position required by her body cast.
Prior to the surgery, the student participated in all regular Kindergarten classes and activities at school. While recovering, she was homebound and would spend most of her time in bed, or in a reclining wheelchair. The reclined position made doing any activity extremely difficult.
The student was attempting to use an iPad for educational and therapy activities while homebound, however the positioning of the iPad was difficult for her. She either had to hold the iPad up to be able to see it, which was fatiguing, or rest it on her chest which resulted in neck strain.
She was using the iPad to complete therapy and educational activities but needed a way to mount the iPad in a better position.
This situation required a short-term solution. When the body cast was removed she was able to resume a typical sitting posture and access materials and devices in a typical manner.
ABLE Tech staff recommended the Modular Hose Two-Arm Tablet/iPad Holder (above) which could be clamped to the student’s wheelchair for optimal positioning of the iPad.
The Modular Hose Two-Arm Tablet/iPad Holder was clamped to the sides of the student’s wheelchair and held the iPad at the desired level to increase her functional use. The iPad holder could easily be moved to attach to rails on her bed for use when she was lying down. With the mount, she was able to do more activities with the iPad at a more appropriate level.
Do you need help selecting assistive technology solutions for your students? Request an AT Consultation.
Designed for "fidgety kids" who present a need for deep sensory input to find focus, calm and containment.
Help your sensory-seeker focus during story time, circle time or any learning time with HowdaHUG! The chair is designed to cradle the body with cocoon-like support and provide a calming hug and soothing rocking. Straps can be adjusted to provide additional pressure and security. The chair features a non-adjustable D-ring to keep things in place without squeezing fidgety fingers.
The HowdaHugs are popular in schools particularly for children with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), Autism spectrum disorders and Attention Deficit Disorder.
You can borrow this device for your classroom! Submit ABLE Tech Online Loan Request.
Each week ABLE Tech features one of the many assistive technology devices available for trial through our device loan program. Individuals have the ability to see, touch, and try AT to help them in the decision-making process by providing:
Our inventory offers a wide range of AT for communication, computer access, hearing, vision, daily living, environmental adaptations, learning/development, health, safety, and recreation.
Positioned for Success
The Rogers County SoonerStart Team helped find a combination wheelchair and stander to provide better positioning and support for a toddler who was unable to sit upright. According to the team, Leyton had spent most of her days in a bed and not being a part of her family’s activities due to seizure activity that prevented her from being in typical baby positioners.
The Zippie Voyage wheelchair and Prime Engineering Stander allows her to be more interactive with family and friends in a variety of positions. She loves her time in the wheelchair and stander which provide safe, fun body positions. It has also had a direct impact on her body by facilitating her lymphatic system to decrease swelling in her legs and feet. She loved it! Her family had never seen a stander or wheelchair before and immediately wanted to start the process. SoonerStart gave the family the information needed about the process to access this type of equipment for their child.
Since the equipment was acquired through Leyton’s medical benefits, it belongs to her, and she will be able to use the wheelchair when she begins school. She will be 2 years on April 26th and continues to defy all odds for surviving!
Do you need help creating goals for your Transition-aged students? The TRANSITION ASSESSMENT AND GOAL GENERATOR (TAGG) was designed for you! The online transition tool helps identify students’ strengths and needs, and produce annual transition goals referenced to common core standards which IEP teams can use for transition planning.
TAGG Constructs address:
The TAGG was developed with the support of the U. S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research and the OU Zarrow Center.
The TAGG costs $3 per credit or TAGG set, which includes one professional, one student, and one family version. One set is needed per student, per year of use. Click here to learn more about the TAGG.