What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology (AT) includes any device or service which increases, maintains, or improves the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. Simply, it helps people be more independent. Children's Care has several Assistive Technology Practitioners (ATP) who are certified by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) as specialists in seating and positioning, powered mobility, augmentative communication, computer access, environmental controls, architectural design, ergonomics, and sensory aids.
About Children's Care
Children's Care Hospital & School has been serving children with special needs and their families for over 50 years. We also serve many adults.
Today, we provide individualized programs in education, therapy, and health care to more than 2,400 children and adults each year all across the South Dakota region. Customized programs are available through outpatient, outreach, day school, and residential services. We serve individuals with developmental disabilities, rehabilitation needs, and behavioral challenges.
We strive to make sure that all our services are provided in a "family-centered" atmosphere; therefore, we encourage families of the people we serve, whether children or adults, to be involved as possible.
Seating & Positioning
Individuals with disabilities benefit greatly from proper positioning as it impacts comfort, mobility, learning, work, and the ability to be more independent.
Children's Care Hospital & School offers thorough seating and positioning evaluations utilizing our specialized, experienced staff of physical and occupational therapists, skilled technicians and Assistive Technology Practitioners (ATP) certified by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
These specialists, using advanced equipment such as wheelchair simulators, computerized sitting pressure analysis, and computer generated custom seating, provide patients with wheelchairs and customized seating that meet their precise, individual needs.
Find more information about pressure mapping and examples of seating and positioning equipment we utilize by following these links:
Powered mobility provides individuals with technology to maximize their ability to be independently mobile. Children's Care Hospital & School therapists use our fleet of powered wheelchairs to accommodate clients of a variety of sizes, abilities and needs. Therapists also have access to a full spectrum of powered wheelchair access devices to utilize during evaluation. These devices allow driving with virtually any part of the body.
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Adapted Computer Access
Computers can be adapted to provide greater independence for persons with disabilities. Alternative keyboards, trackballs, switches, and voice recognition are just a few ways to make computers more accessible.
Augmentative & Alternative Communication
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems can help people who are non-speaking or have limited verbal communication skills.
A variety of communication systems are available, both manual and electronic. We can help locate that system, and assist the individual with communication.
Electronic Controls & Aids for Daily Living
Simply turning on and controlling a TV, radio, light, appliance, or other item can be a challenge for persons with disabilities. We can help people select and learn to use environmental control devices. We can also find or design adaptive equipment to increase independence with hygiene, bathing, dressing, eating, and cooking.
Instructional & Vocational Aids
Software and hardware for educational skills can be very helpful to assist in increasing achievement. Some examples include: screen reading software to increase reading and writing ability, word prediction, talking word processors, electronic talking worksheets, talking calculators, etc.
Other Services Available
The Rehabilitation Center offers a number of AT services to both adults and children:
- Evaluations are the first step in determining what types of AT are needed by an individual.
- Follow-up Services after an evaluation, such as implementation and training, are also available for all the areas discussed here.
- Workshops on a variety of topics are offered periodically and may be arranged upon request.
- Demonstrations of products are available
- AT products can be purchased at Rehabilitation Medical Supply, which adjoins the Children's Care Rehabilitation Center.
All these services may be provided on an outpatient basis at the Rehabilitation Center in Sioux Falls. Selected services are also available through our Rapid City location.
Children's Care accepts traditional medical payor sources, including Medicare.
Call for Information about our AT Services
Services are provided on an outpatient basis at Children's Care in Sioux Falls. Selected services are also available through our Rapid City location. Children's Care accepts traditional medical payor sources, including Medicare.
We'd be happy to answer your questions about Assistive Technology.
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