Clinician's Guide to Assistive Technology

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.


Published: September 2001

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-8151-4601-8


  • Section I: Assistive Technology Principles
    Chapter 1 Matching Consumers Across the Life Span with the Most Appropriate Assistive Technologies
    Chapter 2: Contexts: Assistive Technology at Home, School, and Work, and in the
    Chapter 3: Human Factors and Environmental Access
    Chapter 4: Assistive Technology Service Delivery
    Chapter 5: Outcomes
    Chapter 6: Funding and Public Policy

    Section II: Technologies for Information, Communication and Access
    Chapter 7: Computer Access
    Chapter 8: Information Technologies
    Chapter 9: Augmentative/Alternative Communication
    Chapter 10: Integrated Systems
    Chapter 11: Sensory Aids: Vision
    Chapter 12: Sensory Aids: Hearing

    Section III: Technologies for Manipulation
    Chapter 13: Seating Intervention and Postural Control
    Chapter 14: Upper Limb Orthotics
    Chapter 15: Adaptive Aids
    Chapter 16: Upper Limb Prosthetics
    Chapter 17: Robotics/Manipulators

    Section IV: Technologies for Ambulation and Locomotion
    Chapter 18: Lower Limb Prosthetics
    Chapter 19: Wheelchair Mobility
    Chapter 20: Spatial Orientation and Wayfinding
    Chapter 21: Driver Evaluation and Vehicle Modification
    Chapter 22: Lower Limb Orthotics

    Section V: Technologies for Environmental Access
    Chapter 23: Environmental Access in the Workplace
    Chapter 24: Home Environments, Automation, and Environmental Control
    Chapter 25: Adaptive Aids for Self-care and Child-care
    Chapter 26: Recreation/Play Environments.


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