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

Dependent Mobility
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
Course: #22861 Hour
Dependent mobility devices are not designed for self-propulsion. These include adaptive strollers, transport chairs, tilt in space manual wheelchairs, reclining manual wheelchairs and standard manual wheelchairs. For very small children, adaptive strollers are often required to meet positional and dependent mobility needs. Other dependent mobility bases, such as transport chairs and standard wheelchairs, are used for quick trips or for temporary use. Clients may also use a dependent mobility base as a back-up to a power wheelchair.

Manual Mobility for Self-Propulsion
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
Course: #22911 Hour
Most manual wheelchairs are designed for self-propulsion. A number of categories are available, however, including Standard, Standard Hemi, Lightweight, Ultra Lightweight, Pediatric, Bariatric and specialty frames. This course will systematically explore each category with clinical indicators, as well as optimal frame configuration to increase propulsion efficiency and reduce risk of repetitive stress injury.

Power Mobility
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
Course: #26781 Hour
This course will present power mobility options for those unable to self-propel a manual wheelchair. Mobility options include scooters and power wheelchairs. When recommending a power wheelchair, the clinician must determine readiness, seating, driving method, power seating and other features. This course will present various options with clinical indicators.

Overview of Computer and Tablet Access
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
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This course will present a hierarchy of computer and tablet access options for clients unable to use a standard access. Access assessment requires analysis of physical access, vision, cognition and functional applications. Alternative keyboards and mice will be presented, as well as other alternative access options.

Wheelchair Seating Assessment
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar
Course: #26631 Hour
This course was part of our Wheelchair Seating- Back to the Basics Virtual Conference. Occupational and physical therapists are often key members of the wheelchair seating evaluation team. Seating assessment includes evaluation of current posture and equipment, a mat examination and equipment recommendations. This course will review this assessment process.

This course is part of the "Wheelchair Seating Back To The Basics Virtual Conference".