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The Ultimate Assistive Technology Lab: Innovative Solutions for Functional Independence and Communication

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

There are hidden moments inside each day when you have the chance to work magic. Like when you show a Parkinson’s patient how to feed herself independently again using a robot. Or when you empower a student with muscular dystrophy to keep up with classmates using adaptive software.

But unlocking those moments is harder than it should be. New assistive technologies are developing so rapidly that it’s hard to keep up. And more often than not, you’ll find yourself with the perfect tools, but imperfect problems. How do you adapt those out-of-the-box solutions for patients that fall outside the norm? And what about the cost?

It’s time to break down the barriers that are holding you back from delivering life-changing technological breakthroughs.

Join your colleagues at this upcoming tech lab, and learn how to help your patients benefit from today’s best AT solutions – without breaking the bank. Whether you work with children facing cerebral palsy or veterans who are finding their new normal after an amputation, you’ll return to work with a step-by-step approach for assessing AT needs and customizing solutions that dramatically enhances your confidence and skill level in this area of therapy.
  1. Discuss the latest advances in assistive technology and their implications for therapy.
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive assessment, identifying impairments that can be addressed with assistive technology.
  3. Integrate the most effective assistive technology solutions available for restoring function and improving communication.
  4. Combine multiple approaches for better outcomes, including virtual reality, wearables, robotics, task modification, and creative, low-tech interventions.
  5. Design effective, innovative plans of care for a wide range of diagnoses, including cerebral palsy, Lou Gehrig’s, muscular dystrophy, stroke, limb deformities, congenital disorders, and sensory impairments.
  6. Apply the assessments and adaptations discussed in this seminar to a series of interactive case scenarios.

Hands-On Lab: Today’s Best of Tech
  • Explore cutting-edge technology for your patients
    • Virtual reality
    • Augmented reality
    • Wearables
    • Robotics
    • Eye-gaze computer access
    • Head tracking devices
    • Switches for scanning and writing
    • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
    • Wheelchair devices
    • Mounting systems
    • Keyboards and mice
    • Apps
How to assess assistive technology needs for a variety of impairments
  • Sensory impairment
    • Vision
    • Hearing
    • Touch
  • Motor impairment
  • Loss of limb or deformity
  • Writing and communication challenges
  • Executive function
  • Spasticity
  • Tone
  • Tremor
  • Ataxia
  • Nerve degeneration
Hands-On Lab: Innovative assistive technology solutions you can use to:
  • Empower patients to achieve their goals
  • Increase functional independence
  • Manage sensory and motor impairments
  • Enhance writing and communication
  • Reduce spasticity and tremors
  • Enhance performance of ADLs
  • Accommodate for tone
  • Manage ataxia
  • Increase mobility
  • Enhance academic performance and productivity
  • Improve executive function
Budget your way to better outcomes
  • Creative, outside-the-box solutions
  • Low tech/no tech interventions
  • Easy environmental modifications
  • Task modifications
  • How to secure funding for assistive technology
  • Funding support resources
Develop comprehensive solutions for common diagnoses
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Lou Gehrig’s
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s
  • Limb deformity
  • Congenital disorders
  • Blindness and vision loss
  • Deafness and hearing loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental delays
Don’t leave money on the table!
  • Coding and billing updates for assistive technology
  • Justify therapy with the right progress measures
  • Avoid denials and audits with these tips
Case studies: Put knowledge to practice
  • Case study 1: Develop an advanced plan of care for a student with cerebral palsy
  • Case study 2: Recommend communication options for an adult with ALS
  • Case study 3: Overcome cost and environmental barriers to effective strategy implementation
  • Case study 4: Think outside the box – identify resources and design a therapy plan for a patient who falls outside the norm
Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Educators
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners


Teresa Westerbur, OTR/L, is an expert in assistive technology with over 30 years of experience helping patients of all ages achieve their functional goals with cutting-edge support. She works as the owner of Technology Access, Inc., which specializes in providing assistive technologies for a wide variety of clients.

Ms. Westerbur travels nationally to present seminars on assistive technology and is known for providing hands-on learning experiences that empower attendees to achieve greater results through innovation. She earned her degree in occupational therapy from Indiana University and also holds a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from California State University-Northridge, where she received 100 hours of intensive training in AT across all areas.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Teresa Westerbur is the owner of Technology Access, Inc. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Teresa Westerbur has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Athletic Trainers
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PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 6.25 hours of Category A continuing education.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Maryland Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for .6 CEUs.

Virginia Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants - Credit Available Until: 6/4/2020
This course has been approved for 6.25 contact hours by the Virginia Physical Therapy Association. Approval #: CEUL042417.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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