Stepping Stones to Switch Access This article will focus on teaching switch access for individuals who have significant communication and physical and sensory disabilities and are unable to use their hands for direct access to a speech-generating device. These individuals may also have other multiple challenges that limit their ability to use eye-pointing or other ... Article
Article  |   May 15, 2018
Stepping Stones to Switch Access
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Linda Burkhart
    Eldersburg, MD
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  • Financial: Linda Burkhart owns a small home business and authors books and software activities that utilize many of the principles in this article. Every effort was made to include a full range of vendors and products when describing the Stepping Stones to Switch Access process.
    Financial: Linda Burkhart owns a small home business and authors books and software activities that utilize many of the principles in this article. Every effort was made to include a full range of vendors and products when describing the Stepping Stones to Switch Access process.×
  • Nonfinancial: Linda Burkhart has presented, and continues to present, on various concepts related to the topics covered in this manuscript at numerous national and international conferences since 1982. She has written and self-published books and software activities that are also related to this topic. She has also voluntarily consulted with vendors about features needed to include in products that are accessed via switch scanning.
    Nonfinancial: Linda Burkhart has presented, and continues to present, on various concepts related to the topics covered in this manuscript at numerous national and international conferences since 1982. She has written and self-published books and software activities that are also related to this topic. She has also voluntarily consulted with vendors about features needed to include in products that are accessed via switch scanning.×
Article Information
Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Part 1
Article   |   May 15, 2018
Stepping Stones to Switch Access
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2018, Vol. 3, 33-44. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.33
History: Received September 12, 2017 , Revised February 6, 2018 , Accepted February 27, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2018, Vol. 3, 33-44. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.33
History: Received September 12, 2017; Revised February 6, 2018; Accepted February 27, 2018

This article will focus on teaching switch access for individuals who have significant communication and physical and sensory disabilities and are unable to use their hands for direct access to a speech-generating device. These individuals may also have other multiple challenges that limit their ability to use eye-pointing or other methods to access a speech-generating device. In addition, some individuals may require multiple access strategies, including switch access, in relation to their physical position, environmental factors, fatigue, strategic competencies, and individual preferences throughout the day. The use of switch access with scanning will be explored in terms of how to teach the motor/cognitive aspects in a parallel fashion with nonelectronic, robust, aided language receptive input and expressive use. A multiplicity of factors that influence the learning process will also be addressed.

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