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Each child has an intrinsic motivation to explore their environment, and through careful guidance we strive to instill a passion for learning and relating.

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"Silke was able to pinpoint within a few visits many of our son's issues that had been overlooked by his other health care providers and school therapists."
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Assistive Technology (AT) PDF Print E-mail

assistivedeviceWhat is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology is the utilization of technology to enable access and support optimal independent performance. It can compensate for, substitute or enhance an impaired physical or cognitive function. Devices range from "low tech" (e.g., pencil grips, splints, paper stabilizers) to "high tech" (e.g., computers, voice synthesizers, braille readers). Support services and adequate training enhance greater independence for an individual.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal special education law, provides the following legal definition of an assistive technology device: "any item, piece of equipment, or product system... that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

Who can use Assistive Technology?

An estimated 54 million people nationwide rely on AT daily to improve their quality of life, they range in age from children to seniors. Examples may include students that use pencil grips and specially lined papers, wheelchairs to move or specialized keyboards for computer access and grab bars for seniors. We all use technology in our daily life, either for convenience, to make things easier or compensate for something that we struggle with.

Why use AT from OTchildren?

Our Assistive Technology Professionals are RESNA certified and maintain the highest level of professional standard by continuing their education annually.

An evaluation by an independent qualified professional with a dual specialty of OT and AT begins with a task analysis to indentify the exact problem and analyzes the child's abilities and difficulties, before recommending the appropriate equipment. We believe that this gives you the additional assurance that you are getting the product that is right for you rather than the product that a specific vendor offers.

We are committed to recommending products and strategies that can be used by your child with an increasing level of independence. Our assessments can be used to support third-party funding.