Jennifer Buxton, USA

Boston Children's Hospital


Jennifer Buxton is an Occupational Therapist (OT) who specializes in assistive technology (AT). She has the opportunity to work in the clinic and school settings helping children with disabilities utilize technology to increase their participation and independence in communication, education, leisure, and recreation.

She works as an OT with other OTs and Speech-Language Pathologists at the Augmentative Communication Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. They work with children with complex communication needs (CCN) from early intervention years through the transition to adulthood. As an interprofessional team, they assess the child and identify the best augmentative and alternative communication strategies and tools – from low to high tech – to meet their needs across multiple settings (home, school, community).

When in the school setting, she works as an independent consultant to provide AT Assessments and AT Implementation Services for students with a variety of low to high incidence disabilities. In addition, she teaches the AT course at Tufts University in the Boston area to OT and engineering students in a project-based learning course.


Oct 17th 2019.
  9:00 - 10:30 a.m.    

Children with Complex Communication Needs: Assessing Alternative Access Technologies at an Early Age

About session

At the end of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of including AT and AAC in early intervention as ways to increase participation in play and communication when working with kids with CCN,
  • verbalize the importance of adapted exploratory play, mobility and cause and effect activities, through the use of AT and AAC, in reaching developmental milestones with kids with CCN,
  • list 3 play base adapted activities, using AT and AAC, that can be incorporated into current therapy routines with kids with CNN,
  • identify 3 measurable outcomes/therapy goals that can be written to best document the implementation of AT and AAC in therapy goals of kids with CNN.