Assistive Technology

  • The Children's Hospital offers an assistive technology program for children who have difficulty activating devices or communicating. The program is especially beneficial to children with cerebral palsy, communication impairment, head injuries, autism, or spinal cord injuries. The assistive technology program is designed to increase independence, improve quality of life, and evaluate and train children and their families in the following areas:

    • Augmentative communication -- creating different ways to communicate, including positioning pictures or using a talking computer
    • Environmental controls -- switches that assist in play and can activate lights, televisions, and telephones
    • Special computers -- equipped with switch devices for easy use, special keyboards, and assistive software

    A team of occupational, physical, and speech/language pathologists evaluates children and recommends the most appropriate assistive technology.