Switch Kit Workshop at Kindering

Mia Hoffman standing in front of a screen giving a presentation on the Switch Kits for digital play. In the foreground, there is a soft pillow and squishmallow DIY adaptive switch. Lab members, Mia Hoffman, Kat Steele, Heather Feldner and Katie Landwehr led a “Switch Kit” Workshop at Kindering in Bothell, WA.

The workshop aimed to teach Speech-Language Pathologists how to use a new system we have designed with the MakeyMakey for inclusive play options in early intervention. The team also got to try their hands at making their own adaptive switches out of pool noodles! Stay tuned for more on this project.

Slide titled "Development of a Switch Kit for Digital Play" by Mia Hoffman from the Steele Lab and IMPACT Collaboratory. A picture is shown of a stuffed animal playing a game on an iPad using the Switch Kit device

RESNA 2023 Conference: Mia Hoffman receives Student Scientific Paper Award

Nicole wearing a black dress and Mia wearing a floral dress standing in front of a large sign at the RESNA conference.Two lab members, Nicole Zaino and Mia Hoffman attended the annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Conference on July 24-26 in New Orleans, LA.

Big congratulations to Mia Hoffman for being selected as an awardee in the Student Scientific Paper Competition (SSPC).

Mia gave a podium presentation on “Exploring the World on Wheels: A Geospatial Comparison of Two Pediatric Mobility Devices

Nicole was also selected to give an interactive poster presentation on “Quantifying Toddler Exploration in Seated and Standing Postures with Powered Mobility“. She also completed her time as the student board member for RESNA.

Way to go, Mia and Nicole!