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School of Medicine Columbia

DIY AT with Pool Noodles Webinar

Type: Recorded Webinar
Location: Webinar with Transcript
Cost: Free. (Registration is required.)


Participants must register to receive the webinar video link and transcript.

About the Program

How does “do it yourself” (DIY) and pool noodles fit into finding assistive technology (AT) Solutions? This dynamic speech and OT duo will be presenting creative and innovative solutions for using DIY AT in the home environment, as well as resources for in the classroom. Oftentimes, we may think of DIY AT as a last resort. During this presentation, we will showcase how DIY AT is a creative way to create real-time AT solutions. Rachell Johnson and Barb Kelii will demonstrate and share outcomes using examples from their own practice. Want to follow along and create DIY AT with pool noodles? After the slides, the presenters will turn on the cameras to show you step-by-step how to create 1-2 AT solutions! Be sure to have a pool noodle and scissors handy to participate!   

Presenters will:

  1. Highlight examples of DIY AT with pool noodles for use in the home or school; pediatric or adult
  2. Examine outcomes and potential challenges by showing case examples within our own practice
  3. Demonstrate step-by-step how to create a DIY AT solution with pool noodles 

Participants will:

  1. Identify and locate at least three DIY resources  
  2. View DIY tech examples to utilize in their day-to-day practice  

Learner outcomes:

  1. Identify at least three DIY AT resources relevant to your needs  
  2. Investigate user outcomes and potential challenges to using DIY AT
  3. Create a DIY tool with a pool noodle 

About the Presenters

Barb Kelii photo

Barb Kelii, MA OTR/L, ATP  

Barb holds a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., and is a licensed and registered OT and member of AOTA. She also holds the RESNA ATP certification. During her over 20-year career, Barb has worked in home-based Early Intervention, Preschool and K-12 services, geriatric and pediatric home care and with state-wide grant-funded programs. In 2013 she began to specialize in AT to provide unique environmental controls, wheelchair drive control modifications, device mounting, and personalized access methods for clients of all ages. She is a strong proponent for the successful use of AT with people of all ages and needs. Barb has presented at several national and state conferences on AT and OT topics and has three journal publications.   

Rachell Johnson photo

Rachell Johnson, M.C.D., CCC-SLP, ATP  

Rachell has 17 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology and has been working with assistive technology since 2011, specializing in eye gaze evaluations and treatment. She is an ASHA certified SLP and a recipient of ASHA’s ACE award. Currently she is the program manager for the SC Assistive Technology Program (SCATP). Rachell has served as an AT Consultant for persons of all ages in Minnesota and was previously serving as the Assistive Technology Program Manager for the DC Maryland and Virginia Chapter of the ALS Association helping to open one of the nation's first free standing AT clinics for those with ALS. She has 3 journal publications, and has presented at seven national AT conferences and other state conferences for AAC and AT. 



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