Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Switch Scanning De-mystified

Hey Tek-ninjas! Today I want to talk with you about the best 3 hours you could spend if you are working with AAC users who might need to use switch scanning as an access modality. Switch scanning is often one of the most intimidating access methods for clinicians of all backgrounds. I want to share some webinars which should effectively demystify the whole process for you - regardless of whose software you are using.

Once again, I'm talking about the Tobii Dynavox Learning Hub. They are offering 3 courses
on scanning which build one upon the other. Each course is roughly an hour. They cost nothing, and they offer ASHA CEU's, and I'd add, AOTA accepted those courses for the equivalent CEU's when I submitted them a few weeks ago.

Scanning 101: Define Scanning Terminology: the initial offering of a series of training focused on
switch scanning with AAC. This introductory course provides a basic understanding of scanning including who would benefit from switch scanning access, scanning terminology including direct vs. indirect selection, scan patterns, scan types, as well as basic setting options to support visual impairments.

Scanning 102: Switch Selection: builds on the knowledge and topics discussed in Scanning 101. In this training, we discuss a team approach in determining the most appropriate switch for a person using switch scanning with their AAC system. The learner is provided with five key factors that should be considered when working with a person using switch scanning.

Scanning 103: Building Skills: builds on the knowledge and topics discussed in Scanning 101 and 102. In this training we discuss techniques and best practices for teaching switch scanning skills to a new scan user. We focus on the Core First Scanning Page Set and the Learn to Scan pages.

As I stated in the opening paragraph, you will find that the vast majority of this content is super relevant even if you are using another AAC software solution.  The presenter is sharing concepts that are universal. I hope you find this as useful as I did. 

Remember, wash your hands!!

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