Join this webinar to explore strategies and equipment for students using switches to participate in academics, communication, and more! Many teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, and others may not have had the opportunity to learn about working collaboratively with students using switches; as a result, some might assume that the ability to hit a switch for cause and effect activities (i.e. make the toy walk) is the ultimate goal, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Switches are a means to an end, and that end can be functional, engaging, and educationally relevant. A switch is a tool for controlling other things - toys, communication devices, computers, power wheelchairs and more. Teaching switch use is about moving from learning what the switch does to learning about how to use the switch to do meaningful things. The goal of this webinar is to provide resources and ideas to help think about how to teach these skills and provide support for switch related activities or interventions in the schools.
-Participants will identify at least three types of activities involving switches that can provide students with increased access to free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
-Participants will be able to describe the benefits of working collaboratively, with multiple team members, to support students using switches in their own classroom or school setting.
-Participants will be able to list three modifications to balance the relationship between the “task” (e.g. goal area) and the “technology” (e.g. switch-adapted equipment) used by a given student.