Assistive Technology

Children With Developmental Challenges 3(2+1)

Lesson 9 : Cerebral Palsy Effects, Diagnosis and Treatment

Assistive Technology

A child with CP can face many challenges in school and is likely to need individualized help. For school-aged children, including preschoolers, special education and related services will be provided through the school system. School staff will work with the child's parents to develop an Individualized Education Program, or IEP.
In addition to therapy services and special equipment, children with CP may need what is known as assistive technology. Examples of include:

Communication devices, which can range from the simple to the sophisticated. Communication boards, for example, have pictures, symbols, letters, or words attached. The child communicates by pointing to or gazing at the pictures or symbols. Augmentative communication devices are more sophisticated and include voice synthesizers that enable the child to "talk" with others.

Computer technology which can range from electronic toys with special switches to sophisticated computer programs operated by simple switch pads or keyboard adaptations.
With the right mix of support, equipment, extra time, and accommodations, all children with CP can be successful learners and full participants in life.

Vision and hearing corrections – Since vision and hearing defects are present, these corrections can be made as far as possible through surgery, orthoptic exercises or glasses. Braces – Braces are sometimes used after surgery or to reinforce or stabilize certain muscles while others are being trained. Mechanical devices with splints, casts and other prosthetic aids can help the children in the use of arms and legs.

Orthopaedic surgery – Fusing a bone joint or shortening or lengthening a tendon sometimes assets the child to more adequate control of his arms or legs.

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