Assistive and Adaptive Technology for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Assistive technology is a broad term that encompasses any device or piece of equipment that can be used to assist a person in performing a task or improving their ability to function. An adaptive device is any tool or device that has been modified in an easier way for children with special needs.
#1. How can assistive technologies help children?
Many different types of devices can be used to help children with cerebral palsy. They help them to participate in more activities, improve learning, communication, hearing, and mobility. These can make children’s lives easier. Assistive technology is important in helping a child to attain success and transition into adulthood.
#2. What are the benefits?
Cerebral palsy causes various disabilities, ranging from walking difficulties to hearing difficulties and the ability to communicate or even hold a pencil. These disabilities range in severity from mild to severe and can impair quality of life, independence, and all aspects of physical, mental, and social health.
Assistive technology can help children have new hope of ray. It can help in-
1. Better academic performance
2. Engage in activities and recreation
3. Engage in social life
4. Improve communications among peers
5. Improve emotional expressions
6. Enhance self-confidence
9. More opportunities
#3. How can mobile technology help children?
While the symptoms and complications of cerebral palsy vary from person to person, most children would have some degree of mobility limitation. Many children are unable to walk, while others can walk with assistance and some cannot walk at all. Mobility aids can be quite low-tech, like walkers and manual wheelchairs.
There are more technologically advanced aids, like electric wheelchairs. These assist children who have difficulty using their arms and hands to move around. They can be assisted with the help of a button or joystick. Lifts can assist a child in moving between floors in the home, into and out of vehicles, and from a sitting to a standing position. Another mode of transportation is a power scooter.
Functional electrical stimulation is an exciting technology that holds a promise for assisting disabled people in gaining better mobility. To stimulate specific muscles, a small device is used to deliver electrical impulses. It works by stimulating the nerves and causing the muscles to move, gradually training the muscles to function better.
Children with spastic cerebral palsy may benefit from electrical stimulation. It can help them walk more easily and comfortably. This is not a device that will work for all, but it may help many who have difficulty walking.
We at Sehaaonline, provide an extensive range of mobility aids - wheelchairs (manual and electrical), canes, crutches, medical scooters, and CMS machines to help little ones feel like other children.
#4. What is the technology for communication?
Communication is the biggest hurdle for many kids with cerebral palsy. A child's throat and mouth muscles may be affected by the condition. It can cause difficulty forming words. This makes expressing emotions and needs, learning in school, and socializing with others difficult.
The device is a tablet with a special app or a program. A communication board provides the child with various letters, words, numbers, and pictures to choose from. The child can then choose which of them to communicate with. Depending on a child's ability, they may require instruction from a speech/language therapist to successfully use a communication board.
Children can improve their communication skills by working with speech/language therapists. Sehaaonline has recently launched an all-new electronic communication board- Key-X. It is an electronic panel with 11 sensitive touch keys to facilitate functional limitations and replace keyboard and mouse functions.
#5. How is Key-X helpful?
All of the specific software installations are handled by the equipment called Key-X. It can be used for Internet navigation, social networking, text editors, and even games.
Through its luminous keys scan, Key-X can be controlled by any external assistive drive (not included). It can meet the needs of people with more severe functional limitations, such as quadriplegics, who use computers.
The all-new device for special children provides an alternative operation mode for games and special software, such as Simplix, that allows interaction without the need for key combinations. It is large and well-spaced, with touch-sensitive keys that allow the panel to be used without force but with enough strength to support rough touches. It can also be controlled with your feet.
#6. How can technology help with daily activities?
In addition to assistive devices that help children with specific issues such as hearing, writing, or communicating, other adaptive tools assist with daily living activities. These are the devices that can help a child become more self-sufficient and be more independent.
These devices include-
1. Specialized toilet seats, safety bars, and bathing equipment.
2. Special utensils
3. Dressing aids
4. Aids for better positioning in bed or on couches and chairs.
Sehaaonline has all the special and daily living aids and equipment to help children with special needs.
Following an evaluation, a child may be eligible for an individualized education program (IEP) from the special education department.
This may include assistive devices, which will be provided by the school. Parents or adults with cerebral palsy can seek assistance from government organizations, advocacy groups, and community groups. Sehaaonline will be happy to help you. We deliver medical products all over Dubai.