Access: Preparing for the ATP Exam

Access: Preparing for the ATP Exam
Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
August 27, 2016

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ATP Certification

Now the ATP certification, or assistive technology professional, is a certification offered through RESNA. It is designed to demonstrate a basic level of competence in this practice area. Currently, over 4,000 people hold this certification, and this series of courses includes information to help people, interested in this certification, to prepare for the examination. Before sitting for this certification, the candidate, or an occupational therapist with a Bachelor's and Master's degree,  has to fulfill specific prerequisites; about a thousand hours of work experience is required over six years. There is more information on their website, and I have listed the link here about specific eligibility requirements.

HAAT Service Delivery Model

One of the topics covered by this examination is the subject of access. In our previous course in this series, we talked about assessment. A great deal of that assessment course went into depth about the HAAT service delivery model. The HAAT model was originally proposed in the Assistive Technology book by Cook and Hussy. Under the HAAT model, we have the Human Technology Interface. This is something that is addressed quite a bit on the examination.

Under the Human Technology Interface is something called the input device, or control interface. It provides input to the AT device, or provides control of the AT device. Therefore, when we say "access methods" per the HAAT model, this is referred to as either the input device or the control interface. Again, just try to remember that this provides input to that assistive technology device, or controls a system technology device.

Access Methods

In Figure 1, this young man is using a switch to provide input to a switch-adapted radio.

 

Figure 1. Switch adapted radio.

There are a variety of access methods that are available, and this is important, because this allows us to match the most appropriate access method to an individual's unique skill sets. These access methods include: direct, mouse, joystick, eye gaze, voice, and switch. To present these various access methods, we are going to do so by assistive technology device. Now, many of these devices are covered in more depth later in this series. What we are going to focus on in this particular course, is the access method itself. We will go into more detail in terms of the applications of that access method in those assistive technology specific modules.

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Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with 25 years of experience and former Clinical Director of The Assistive Technology Clinics of The Children’s Hospital of Denver. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored 7 book chapters and over 175 articles. She is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA and the University of Pittsburgh. She is on the RERC on Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board. Michelle is a credentialed ATP, credentialed SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.



Related Courses

Service Delivery: Preparing for the ATP Exam
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
Course: #2620Level: Introductory1 Hour
The RESNA Assistive Technology Professional certification examination includes questions from a variety of content areas. One of those areas is Service Delivery. This module will cover the content area including ethics, standards of practice, information resources, service delivery systems and roles, consumer empowerment, quality assurance, outcomes, product development and liability.

Recreational Technologies: Preparing for the ATP Exam
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
Course: #2625Level: Introductory1 Hour
The RESNA Assistive Technology Professional certification examination includes questions from a variety of content areas. One of those areas is Recreational Technologies. This module will cover the content area including recreational technologies for people who have motor, cognitive, and/or sensory impairments. Areas addressed include play, games, sports, and exercise.

Sensory Technologies: Preparing for the ATP Exam
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
Course: #2630Level: Introductory1 Hour
The RESNA Assistive Technology Professional certification examination includes questions from a variety of content areas. One of those areas is Sensory Technologies. This module will cover the content area including technologies for people who are hard of hearing, deaf, have low vision, are blind or who are deaf blind.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication: Preparing for the ATP Exam
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
Course: #2633Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course presents Alternative and Augmentative Communication. Definitions, terminology, access methods and strategies to optimize use will be addressed. Mounting and interfacing with power wheelchairs will also be presented.

Cognitive Technologies: Preparing for the ATP Exam
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
Course: #2638Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course presents cognitive technologies which are designed to increase independence and safety for clients with cognitive impairments. Content includes definitions and categories of equipment, as well as examples.