Listed below, are classes OTAP offers. We are happy to work with you to arrange customized technology training opportunities for your group. If the training you need is not on this list, please feel free to contact Gayl Bowser or Shar Burgoyne in the OTAP office to discuss the possibilities.
- Assistive Technology for Young Children: Making AT Meaningful in Natural Environments
An overview of assistive technology which young children commonly use, describes the essential components of an effective assistive technology assessment and offers strategies which may help an IFSP team to determine a child's need for assistive technology.
- Assistive Technology Pointers for Parents
Parents are an integral part of any child's AT team. This workshop offers information on the essential roles that parents can play in considering a child's need for assistive technology.
- Creating an Assistive Technology Process
Teams of participants from one agency or several agencies work to develop an assistive technology process to meet their needs. Sample forms and process documents from around the U.S. are presented as models. The course will use the Education Tech Point Framework as a basis for discussing assistive technology issues at each step in the process.
- Models of Assistive Technology Assessment
Participants will gain information about the essential components of an assistive technology assessment. The focus is on the role of the child's IEP/IFSP team in identifying the tasks which are difficult for the child and AT tools that might help with those tasks. Participants will have many opportunities to practice using the concepts presented using real life examples.
- Models of Assistive Technology Assessment - On the Web
Winter Term, 2003. Similar in content to the in-person training listed above, this class is offered through Portland State University's Continuing Education department. Participants must have email and Internet access. Students in the class will receive two PSU credits. Cost for the class is $150. Gayl Bowser, OTAP Coordinator, will be the instructor.
- Models of Assistive Technology Implementation - On the Web
Spring Term, 2003.
Cost for the class is $150. Gayl Bowser, OTAP Coordinator, will be the instructor.
- Overview of Assistive Technology
What is AT? What does IDEA say about it? What devices might work best for students in a particular program or with particular needs? This introductory workshop can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.
- Using Boardmaker® Software
Boardmaker® software is a wonderful tool to help make picture calendars, communication boards and social stories with pictures. Learn how to use Boardmaker in this hands-on class.
- Using IntelliTools®
IntelliKeys®, IntelliTalk II®, Balanced Literacy®, Intellitools Math®. Talk with OTAP staff about developing a customized hands-on workshop using the many products from the Intellitools company.
- Using Write:OutLoud® and Co:Writer®
Hands-on practice with this talking word processing program and its companion word prediction software. Write:OutLoud® and Co:Writer® can offer enormous benefits to students who have reading and writing difficulties. The class covers both program operation and strategies for including the software in the classroom.
- Using WYNN® software for students with Learning Disabilities
If you are looking for options for low readers, WYNN® is an exciting option. Designed especially for students with learning disabilities, WYNN® uses a scanner to copy text from books and handouts into a computer and then reads it back to the user.
If the training you need is not on this list, please feel free to contact Gayl Bowser or Shar Burgoyne in the OTAP office to discuss the possibilities.