Speech Generating Devices: Access, Vision, and Mounting, 7/28/2024


About the Course
Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) are typically recommended by a team, often including the speech language pathologist and occupational therapist. The occupational therapist determines optimal client position and device position. The access method must also be determined and may include Direct, Mouse, Eye Gaze, or Switch scanning. If switch access is required, the team must determine the optimal switch site and type, as well as the best scanning strategies. Switch scanning training may be required. The client's visual abilities will impact use of the SGD and must be considered. Finally, mounting is required to secure the SGD for optimal visual regard, security and safety.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify clinical indicators for Direct Access to speech generating devices.
  • Identify clinical indicators for Mouse Access to speech generating devices.
  • Identify clinical indicators for Eye Gaze Access to speech generating devices.
  • Identify clinical indicators for Switch Access to speech generating devices.
  • Identify an optimal switch site for a client needing to use switch access.
  • Identify an optimal switch type for a client needing to use switch access.
  • Identify strategies to develop switch scanning skill to improve occupational performance.
  • Identify how cortical vision impairment impacts speech generating device use.
  • Identify speech generating device mounting considerations.

About the Author
Michelle L. Lange is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 15 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow and member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA. 

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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