Clinician's Guide to Assistive Technology
- Don Olson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Medical Schools; Director, Dixon Education and Training, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- Frank DeRuyter, PhD, Director and Associate Professor, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
This useful resource is designed to offer healthcare professionals specific information about the diverse area of assistive technology. It covers the variety of technology available and explains the adaptations of the technology, as well as how different devices work together. The first section provides the fundamentals of assistive technology, discussing issues such as life span considerations, environmental context, and funding and public policy. The next section delves into topics especially relevant for patient care, including computer access and alternative communication. Sections on manipulation, ambulation, and locomotion technologies are discussed next, concentrating on devices that assist with upper and lower body function. This text ends with a discussion of technologies for environments in the real world.
Allied health professionals, occupational & physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, recreational therapists, social workers, nurses and nurse practitioners, individuals working with prosthetics/orthotics.