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The Ultimate Assistive Technology Lab: Innovative Solutions for Functional Independence and Communication

There are hidden moments inside each day when you have the chance to work magic. Like when you show a Parkinson’s patient how to feed herself independently again using a robot. Or when you empower a student with muscular dystrophy to keep up with classmates using adaptive software.
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Faculty:
Teresa Westerbur
Duration:
Full Day
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Dec 06, 2019

Description

There are hidden moments inside each day when you have the chance to work magic.

Like when you show a Parkinson’s patient how to feed herself independently again using a robot. Or when you empower a student with muscular dystrophy to keep up with classmates using adaptive software.

But unlocking those moments is harder than it should be.

New assistive technologies are developing so rapidly that it’s hard to keep up. And more often than not, you’ll find yourself with the perfect tools, but imperfect problems. How do you adapt those out-of-the-box solutions for patients that fall outside the norm? And what about the cost?

It’s time to break down the barriers that are holding you back from delivering life-changing technological breakthroughs.

Watch this tech lab recording, and learn how to help your patients benefit from today’s best AT solutions – without breaking the bank.

Whether you work with children facing cerebral palsy or veterans who are finding their new normal after an amputation, you’ll return to work with a step-by-step approach for assessing AT needs and customizing solutions that dramatically enhances your confidence and skill level in this area of therapy.

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Hands-On Lab: Today’s Best of Tech
  • Explore cutting-edge technology for your patients
    • Virtual reality
    • Augmented reality
    • Wearables
    • Robotics
    • Eye-gaze computer access
    • Head tracking devices
    • Switches for scanning and writing
    • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
    • Wheelchair devices
    • Mounting systems
    • Keyboards and mice
    • Apps

How to Assess Assistive Technology Needs for A Variety of Impairments

  • Sensory impairment
    • Vision
    • Hearing
    • Touch
  • Motor impairment
  • Loss of limb or deformity
  • Writing and communication challenges
  • Executive function
  • Spasticity
  • Tone
  • Tremor
  • Ataxia
  • Nerve degeneration

Hands-On Lab: Innovative Assistive Technology Solutions You Can Use To:

  • Empower patients to achieve their goals
  • Increase functional independence
  • Manage sensory and motor impairments
  • Enhance writing and communication
  • Reduce spasticity and tremors
  • Enhance performance of ADLs
  • Accommodate for tone
  • Manage ataxia
  • Increase mobility
  • Enhance academic performance and productivity
  • Improve executive function

Budget Your Way to Better Outcomes

  • Creative, outside-the-box solutions
  • Low tech/no tech interventions
  • Easy environmental modifications
  • Task modifications
  • How to secure funding for assistive technology
  • Funding support resources

Develop Comprehensive Solutions for Common Diagnoses

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Lou Gehrig’s
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s
  • Limb deformity
  • Congenital disorders
  • Blindness and vision loss
  • Deafness and hearing loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental delays

Don’t Leave Money on The Table!

  • Coding and billing updates for assistive technology
  • Justify therapy with the right progress measures
  • Avoid denials and audits with these tips

Case Studies: Put Knowledge to Practice

  • Case study 1: Develop an advanced plan of care for a student with cerebral palsy
  • Case study 2: Recommend communication options for an adult with ALS
  • Case study 3: Overcome cost and environmental barriers to effective strategy implementation
  • Case study 4: Think outside the box – identify resources and design a therapy plan for a patient who falls outside the norm

Faculty

Teresa Westerbur, OTR/L Related seminars and products: 1


Teresa Westerbur, OTR/L, is an expert in assistive technology with over 30 years of experience helping patients of all ages achieve their functional goals with cutting-edge support. Currently, she works as the owner of Technology Access, Inc., which specializes in providing assistive technologies for a wide variety of clients.

Ms. Westerbur travels nationally to present seminars on assistive technology and is known for providing hands-on learning experiences that empower attendees to achieve greater results through innovation. She earned her degree in occupational therapy from Indiana University and also holds a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from California State University-Northridge, where she received 100 hours of intensive training in AT across all areas.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Teresa Westerbur is the owner of Technology Access, Inc. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Teresa Westerbur has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.