2006 Conference General Sessions

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES AS ORGANIZERS, SCHEDULERS AND OTHER MEMORY AIDS

 

 

 

Presenter(s)
Scott Marfilius
Assistive Technology Consultant
855 W. County Line Road

Bayside WI 53217
Day Phone: 414—379—7779
Email; narfiiius@wi.rr.com

 

Presenter(2)

Kelly Fonner
Assistive Technology Consultant
1508 Dodge Street

Lake Geneva WI 53147
Day Phone: 262-893-8053

Fax: 262-249-9269

Email: kfonner@earthlink.net

 

This preconference will address that growing area of organizing, scheduling and task support products that can be used as assistive technology for individuals who need memory aids and/or schedulers in order to be more independent. These types of products are being used with students and adults with developmental disabilities, autism, cognitive and learning disabilities, as well as an intervention for people who have sustained a head injury.

 

Throughout the day, we will discuss and demonstrate light and high technology solutions as well as the strategies that produce effective use of assistive technology tools. Overviews of products as options will be presented to participants through description, audio and visual examples. Categories of products to be reviewed include the following:

calendars
schedulers
task assistants checklists
transition aids

behavior supports

information sharers

Products to be demonstrated include, but are not limited to:
Boardmaker

Writing with Symbols

Intercom

Picture This

Inspiration

PixWriter

Picture It

Step by Step

Sequencer


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Step Pad

Quarter Hour Watch

Voyager series

Palm Pilot and other PDAs

 

We will have some rotation sessions around using the products. We will facilitate small group interaction to discuss common implementation challenges. Issues in matching individuals’ needs & abilities to features of products will be addressed through looking at environments, tasks and tools as promoted by several assessment formats.

Strategies of implementation will be introduced to participants through example cases. Time and structured activities will be given for participants to explore their own cases for needs. Throughout the day, participants will be guided to review the cases that they outlined for needs at the beginning of the session and in small groups consider the options for trial. The session is concluded with reporting one case from each small group.


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