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4/25/2022, Let’s Talk About It:  OT and PT’s Role in AAC

Date: 4/25/2022 Time: 4:00-5:00 Location: internet Type: Webinar


For our students that are learning how to communicate using AAC, it is like learning a new language. In order for students to learn their new AAC language it is much like being in a foreign language immersion classroom. OT and PT’s work on the development of essential functional skills to increase functional independence at school and in life. Being able to communicate during these activities results in better lifelong outcomes for our students.  In this session you will learn how to be part of making autonomous communications happen for your students. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define three methods of access for AAC.
  2. Name three high or low tech AAC tools and explain
    how they can be integrated during functional activities. 
  3. Model a novel message using either a high or low tech device.
  4. Identify two ways that the AAC device can be integrated to increase independence in basic ADL’s, functional mobility and/or career goals.

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Heidi G. Brislin, MS-OTR/L

Heidi is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist for the Special Education Technology Center,  Edmonds School District, and owns a private practice in Kingston, WA. Heidi has extensive experience in school-based practice, inpatient and outpatient adult rehab settings. She has degrees from Boston University and the University of Washington. Heidi is passionate about teaching teams to create authentic learning opportunities, improving literacy skills, switch access, power mobility and helping children become autonomous communicators. Heidi has presented nationally and throughout Washington.


Email Sue Wright at the SETC office

Clock hours for this webinar and others in this series are available from ESD105 for a small fee. The following Professional Development Enroller link provides more information about clock hours: