Institute for Educational Development


Location: ST. LOUIS
Date: April 6, 2018


$249.00 per person
Group Price: $229.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time

Practical Strategies for OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS to Effectively Use ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY to Increase Student Learning

NEW Seminar Presented By
Denise Fisher, MS, OTR/L

Outstanding National Speaker and School-Based Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Specialist

Specifically Designed for School-Based Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Support Staff Working with Students in Preschool - Grade 12

  • Practical strategies for Occupational Therapists to successfully integrate Assistive Technology to increase students’ learning and success in school
  • How to use both low- and high-tech Assistive Technology for successful student outcomes
  • Practical strategies for effective Assistive Technology assessment, documentation including IEP preparation and individualized technology plans
  • How to better use Assistive Technology to remove the barriers that can prevent students from learning

Practical Strategies

If you are an Occupational Therapist seeking a comprehensive approach to providing Assistive Technology within the school setting, this seminar is for you! Specifically designed for Occupational Therapists, assistants and support staff, this unique seminar will provide you with numerous practical and effective AT strategies to better support the students you serve in preschool through grades 12. Experienced, practicing Occupational Therapist, Denise Fisher, will share her expertise and insights and give you practical tools and applications based on the best practices for assessment and implementation.

You will strengthen your expertise in assessment, task analysis, data collection, trial management, team collaboration, and best resources for AT. Inspiring case studies will motivate you and get you excited to use AT to ensure that your students have maximum access to the curriculum, along with proven strategies for sharing ideas and strategies with teachers. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to discover innovative strategies and tools to unlock new doors for our students with disabilities so they can experience greater success in school.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Ready-to-Use Strategies to Enhance Your Practice as an Occupational Therapist
    Acquire a wealth of school-based Assistive Technology (AT) intervention strategies to accelerate student learning … Increase the impact of your role as an OT in getting more AT integration in classrooms
  2. Practical Strategies for a Comprehensive Approach to Implementing Highly Effective Assistive Technology in Your Schools
    Practical tools and strategies based on the best practices, specifically for students in preschool-high school … Ideas you can immediately put in place in your school setting
  3. Facilitate an Assistive Technology Framework as an Ongoing Process
    Key ways to facilitate successful implementation of an AT framework as a collaborative team effort … Use a proven framework to enhance and maintain AT goals
  4. Unlock Doors that Make Learning Difficult for Students with Special Needs Using Assistive Technology
    Identify the AT that can make the difference for students in classrooms … What works and how Occupational Therapists can help make it happen
  5. Expand Your Knowledge and Use of Assistive Technology
    Learn key definitions and resources … Discover what works best for a variety of student needs in a school setting to increase learning
  6. Develop a Consultation Model to Assist Teachers in Implementing Assistive Technology
    Learn a process that will help teachers better understand how to incorporate AT so students can make the best use of it
  7. Relevant Laws and Guidelines for Assistive Technology Procedures
    Gain a clear understanding of the laws, guidelines and policies relevant to AT
  8. Assistive Technology Strategies for Helping Students with Reading and Writing Disabilities
    Understand the impact reading and writing disabilities have on student success and how AT can greatly help remove literacy barriers
  9. Occupational Therapy Assessments for Assistive Technology
    Utilize the key elements of OT assessments to provide meaningful recommendations for students … Maximize your assessment skills to determine individual student needs
  10. Share Your Expertise to Ensure Students Have Maximum Access to Learning
    Discover proven techniques for sharing ideas and strategies with teachers to help them make AT work for students in their classrooms

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • Innovative strategies and ideas for Occupational Therapists to incorporate Assistive Technology into schools to increase student learning
  • Practical strategies to help you make best use of the AT available to you
  • How to identify and use the most appropriate AT for the specific needs of your students
  • Understand and utilize key elements of OT assessments to provide meaningful AT recommendations and plans for individual students
  • Proven curriculum ideas that easily allow for incorporating AT strategies
  • How to use the SETT framework as a basis for meaningful team assessment
  • Strengthen your understanding of AEM and the role of CAST in the development of national AT standards
  • Creative ways to successfully integrate AT for increased student achievement
  • Help remove barriers to learning for your students through the use of AT
  • Understand the impact of reading and writing disabilities on student success
  • Relevant laws and policies that impact service delivery in the school setting
  • Role of Occupational Therapists in the evolution of AT within schools
  • Unique role of Occupational Therapists in the collaborative team process
  • Maximize your assessment skills to determine individual student AT needs
  • Proven methods for implementing task analysis to develop AT plans
  • Practical AT documentation ideas and strategies
  • Strengthen your consultation model to assist teachers with implementation of AT
  • How to set standards and prepare training materials for school staff to ensure success in using the tools and strategies in their classrooms

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As a school-based Occupational Therapist, you are faced with the daily challenge of removing the barriers that prevent students with special needs from learning. I wonder if you ever feel that you are faced with too many barriers yourself when attempting to do your job? I know I have felt this way, which is why I’m excited to share with you what I have found can make our jobs in schools more efficient and effective when using Assistive Technology (AT).

Historically, Occupational Therapists have been at the forefront of special education, meeting a variety of needs for our students. Based on our expertise in the development and knowledge of the impact of disabilities on daily life and school tasks, our unique contribution has improved the lives of many students. We have been providing task analysis in the area of overall student development and education, specializing in the implementation of alternative techniques and adaptive equipment.

Today, we are called to be a part of the AT process that has become a requirement of special education law. The nature and effectiveness of technology today could have only been dreamed about at the beginning of my career. However, using this technology effectively for student success remains an area of great need. Join me for a day filled with strategies, tips and techniques to help you successfully incorporate AT into your schools and classrooms. My goal for our day together is to provide you with a fresh, new way of looking at how AT can impact school performance. I will share dozens of strategies and techniques you can use when you return to your students. We will look at the variety of low- to high-tech tools, task analysis, assessment, IEPs, and individualized technology plans. In addition, you will discover how you can develop a collaborative process to make AT an integral and ongoing part of your school’s plan.

Whether you are new to the profession or have practiced for many years, you will leave with many new ideas and strategies. I look forward to sharing my years of experience as an AT coordinator and am excited to give you the knowledge and a framework for implementing an effective, team-based AT program within your school.

Sincerely,
Denise Fisher, MS, OTR/L

P.S. As a practicing Occupational Therapist, I know just how valuable your time is; therefore, my focus will be on sharing practical strategies that work in today’s schools!

Who Should Attend

School-Based Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Support Staff Working with Students in Preschool - Grade 12.

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Nationally recognized methods for assessment and implementation of AT using your unique professional expertise
    • Multiple practical strategies and techniques to increase student performance and curriculum access in reading and writing
    • Effective, efficient and affordable strategies and tools to incorporate low tech on a daily basis within the classroom setting
    • A variety of methods to instruct and engage team members in the ongoing AT process to promote effective, collaborative teams
    • Comprehensive resources to improve knowledge base of currents apps, extensions and accessibility features as available on iPads and Google Chrome
    • Resources to improve knowledge in the area of augmentative and alternative communication, including current companies providing devices/services
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their Occupational Therapy program with Assistive Technology.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Denise Fisher will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own Occupational Therapy program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.