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Effective AT Implementation: A Coaching Inspired Model


Today’s students are a group of digital natives; they are competent users of technology and often adapt to new technologies quickly. By shifting our traditional model of AT implementation, focusing largely on teaching students how to use a tool, to an updated model that begins with “how” but focuses largely on “why” and “when” to use a tool, we can increase both the rates and quality of student AT use. This presentation will explore on a coaching inspired approach to creating effective AT users in early childhood through high school settings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the two primary shortcomings of a traditional (teaching only how to use the tool) approach to teaching AT.
  2. Explore the three main components of a coaching inspired model for AT implementation.
  3. Identify 2-4 scenarios in which this model could be used in their current work.


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Erin Nelson

Assistive Technology Strategist
Edina Public Schools Erin Nelson is a district-wide Assistive Technology Strategist for Edina Public Schools in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Special Education and Cognitive Disabilities, and from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a Masters of Education in Learning Design and Leadership. Erin began her career as a special education teacher, before transitioning into the world of assistive technology, where she has worked in both EC-12 and non-profit settings. She was drawn to AT work because it is the intersection between creative problem solving, technology, and special education. Erin lives in Minneapolis, MN with her partner, Grant, and two sleepy cats.

Speaker Disclosures

Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: No
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No



Target Audience

Accessibility Professionals, AT Professionals, Educators, Family Members, OTs, PTs, SLPs

Experience Level


Content Area

Basic Communication Process Area

Live Broadcast Date

Thursday, April 11, 2019 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs
Number of hours: 1.0
Number of IACET CEUs: 0.1