Meeting Archive:
Pediatric and School Based AAC Evaluations


Meeting Description:

When evaluating and treating someone a child with a communication disorder therapist can have a long and tedious process in helping secure a device for a pediatric patient or a school based child.  There are several steps involved from the initial evaluation to submitting a device submission report.  What tools are available to help us streamline the evaluation process?  What are the dos and don’ts report writing when we are completing a device submission report?  How can our treatment plan on the report and IEP help the user acclimate to their device?  

In this presentation, participants will learn what needs to happen before, during, and after an AAC evaluation for pediatric and/or school based communication device user.  The resources, tools and strategies learned during this presentation can help a therapist during each stage of an AAC evaluation and treatment plan.  During the presentation tools and strategies for having the most effective AAC evaluations and device submission reports will be discussed and demonstrated.  These resources can be easily implemented into a clinician’s evaluation process when working with school based children or pediatric therapy.

Level: Beginner

Following the session participants will receive:
  • A certificate of attendance
  • A 10% discount on any AbleNet Assistive Technology products
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Details
Date: Tue, Aug 8, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM CDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Rachell Westby, M.C.D., CCC-SLP
 Presenter Information
Rachell Westby, M.C.D., CCC-SLP
Speaker Photo

Rachel Westby has a Bachelor’s (BA) in Speech Pathology and a Masters in Communication Disorders (MCD). I have 12 years of experience in the field of speech language pathology and have worked as an expert with assistive technology since 2011.  First serving as the Pediatric and Adult Neuro AAC Specialist for an outpatient rehabilitation center then transitioning to working with AT and ALS patients with the MN/ND/SD Chapter of the ALS Association's Herbek Sing AT Program, which led me to become the AT Program Manager of the DC/MD/VA Chapter of ALS Association.  I am an experienced presenter, and I have presented at Closing the Gap, a national AT conference in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.  During the last 2 years, I have presented at the Children’s Hospital AT Symposium, CollaborATe in Richmond, VA as well as a host of support groups, medical clinics, and in-services on the topic of AT/AAC for the ALS patient and/or other eye-gaze users.