Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish by providing enhancements to the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. Enhancements can be made to electronic devices to promote better access to social media or online browsing for school. Enhancements can also be made for cell phones or devices to promote return to work.
Augmentative/Alternative Communication is the use of technology to support, enhance, and supplement the communication of individuals who are unable to verbalize independently.
Our Augmentative Alternative Communication / Assistive Technology (AAC / AT) Clinic focuses on Assistive Technology related to accessing communication devices. We may use a combination of low tech adaptations or higher tech alternative access systems using head controls, sip and puff devices, modified joysticks, chin controllers, or eye-gaze technology, to increase the possibilities for improved quality of life.
This service is for patients who have been diagnosed with a neurological condition who have difficulty communicating verbally. The process is most effective for patients who are approximately one year post onset.
- By physician order only. Must have a prescription for :
Augmentative/Alternative Communication–Speech Therapy evaluation and/or Assistive Technology–Occupational Therapy evaluation
- Must have family support
To learn more, please call our Patricia Neal Outpatient Clinic at (865) 331-1605.