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19 Aug 2019

A Guide to Assistive Technology from our Brisbane Occupational Therapy team

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) is the name given to any equipment, device or system that allows an individual to perform a task that they would otherwise be unable to do or do as easily or safely. AT supports children with a disability by promoting greater independence and solutions to overcome barriers to performing everyday tasks.

Examples of Assistive Technology

Daily living aids – dressing aids, modified eating utensils, kitchen equipment

Vision or hearing aids – magnifiers, large button remote controls, text to speech software

Alternative and augmentative communication – communication books, electronic communication devices, books, speech generating devices, picture boards

Seating and positioning equipment – adapted seating, positioning belts, head supports

Mobility Equipment – wheelchairs, electric scooters, walking frames, modified vehicles

Recreational/leisure aids – adapted gaming controls, adapted sports equipment, audio descriptions for TV, internet and movies

Home modifications – ramps, grab rails, bathroom modifications, increased door widths

Prosthetics and orthotics – hand splints, artificial limbs, orthotic aids

Environmental control systems – home automation systems, power link devices, remote control systems

Who uses Assistive Technology?

For children and adults with disability support needs, Assistive Technology can help with a range of daily activities. AT can address physical, sensory or cognitive difficulty specific to a disability.

Which Assistive Technology is best for my child?

Your Xavier Allied Health team (Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy) is based across the Brisbane region and we will work with you and your child with a disability to find the right Assistive Technology to support your child’s individual needs.

If you would like further information Xavier’s Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy or Physiotherapy call our friendly team today on 1800 XAVIER.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) is the name given to any equipment, device or system that allows an individual to perform a task that they would otherwise be unable to do or do as easily or safely. AT supports children with a disability by promoting greater independence and solutions to overcome barriers to performing everyday tasks.

Examples of Assistive Technology

Daily living aids – dressing aids, modified eating utensils, kitchen equipment

Vision or hearing aids – magnifiers, large button remote controls, text to speech software

Alternative and augmentative communication – communication books, electronic communication devices, books, speech generating devices, picture boards

Seating and positioning equipment – adapted seating, positioning belts, head supports

Mobility Equipment – wheelchairs, electric scooters, walking frames, modified vehicles

Recreational/leisure aids – adapted gaming controls, adapted sports equipment, audio descriptions for TV, internet and movies

Home modifications – ramps, grab rails, bathroom modifications, increased door widths

Prosthetics and orthotics – hand splints, artificial limbs, orthotic aids

Environmental control systems – home automation systems, power link devices, remote control systems

Who uses Assistive Technology?

For children and adults with disability support needs, Assistive Technology can help with a range of daily activities. AT can address physical, sensory or cognitive difficulty specific to a disability.

Which Assistive Technology is best for my child?

Your Xavier Allied Health team (Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy) is based across the Brisbane region and we will work with you and your child with a disability to find the right Assistive Technology to support your child’s individual needs.

If you would like further information Xavier’s Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy or Physiotherapy call our friendly team today on 1800 XAVIER.