What Is Assistive Technology (AT)?
Assistive Technology (AT) is important for those living with disabilities. According to Wikipedia, AT is defined as:
“a term for assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and the elderly. Disabled people often have difficulty performing activities of daily living (ADLs) independently, or even with assistance. ADLs are self-care activities that include toileting, mobility (ambulation), eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, and personal device care. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.”
To state it a little more simply: assistive technology is any product or equipment that enhances learning, working, and daily living for people with disabilities. The technology increases, maintains, or improves the functional capabilities of people with disabilities.
Assistive technology devices are often discovered by parents while researching solutions to help their children. Recommendations can also come from a PT, doctor, association or friend.
If your child has a care team, it is a great idea to get their feedback on any devices that may impact them physically.
Assistive Technology Finacial Resources
Assistive technology can be expensive. There are resources available, depending on where you live and the specifics of your situation. Here are some U.S. based resources. We will be updating with Canadian resources shortly. Insurance covers some assistive technology, if prescribed by a doctor as a necessary medical device.
Technology For Kids With Mobilty Limitations
AT for children with mobility issues, caused by Cerebral Palsy, HIE, Rett Syndrome and various other acquired brain injuries or genetic disorders is important for various reasons. Walking is good for health and mental health. Walking can help create better sleep patterns, improved GI health, increased strength and endurance, an increase in socialization and confidence, a feeling of greater independence. Studies also show an impact on hormones and of course, weight is also impacted.
Getting children with disabilities upright and walking is possible with Trexo Robotic Gait Trainer. Of all of the assistive devices, the Trexo is one of the higher tech devices.
Assistive technology can better the lives of children with disabilities, their caregivers and families.