Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Tutorial eight: Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Definition of Assistive:
The definition of Assistive Technology devices: “Any item, piece of equipment or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized that is used to increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities” (Assisstive Technology, 2000).
Assistive technology is a broad term used to describe all of the procedures, strategies, devices, and plans used to restore the problems faced by individuals who suffer from disabilities.

Describe one piece of equipment introduced in the assistive technology tutorial:
Talking photo albums:
Size: The size of a normal photo album varies according to photo size, e.g. A4, a5, and a3.
Cost: Around $115
Functions: Talking photo albums have many different uses for different clients. Photos are put in the photo slots and you are able to record a recording under each photo. So you are able to push a button to listen to what the photo is about.
How the equipment increased occupational engagement for the user? 
This can be useful for people with different conditions. For example people with dementia can use it to put in different photos of their past starting from the early stages and progressing through time. This helps them to remember who they and their family are starting from the past, and then they can listen to what each photo is about and who is in it. This is a very good strategy to help them to remember their children when they were young.
Provide examples of the equipment’s use from online sources:

Occupational disruption refers to a transient or temporary condition of being restricted from participation in necessary or meaningful occupations, such as that caused by illness, temporary relocation, or temporary unemployment. The talking book relates to this concept as it acts as an assistive device to help people do meaningful occupations that they can no longer do. In my first you tube clip it shows how it helps a boy with autism in structuring his morning routine. In my second you tube clip it describes the uses of a talking photo album and how it can be used to benefit different people. This is very interesting as it shows all the functions and gives a better idea of how it can be used to assist people suffering from occupational disruption.


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