Handbook of Electronic Assistive Technology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128124871

Handbook of Electronic Assistive Technology

1st Edition

Authors: Ladan Najafi Donna Cowan
Paperback ISBN: 9780128124871
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 370
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Handbook of Electronic Assistive Technology covers both the engineering and medical sides of assistive technologies, featuring chapters from engineers and clinicians. It helps Assistive Technology Practitioners assess a patient’s condition and choose the correct equipment and devices to suit specific needs. In addition, it provides an overview to a wide range of EAT and functions with different conditions and background and clinical reasoning for the use of said equipment. As the first reference book to focus on a comprehensive set of electronic assistive technologies and discuss their clinical application, this book is designed to support and enable clinicians who treat people with disabilities.

Key Features

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of electronic assistive devices
  • Gives an overview of physical and cognitive pathologies and approaches for utilizing electronic assistive devices for individuals affected by these pathologies
  • Covers essentials for assistive technology practitioners, human factors and technologies


Bioengineers, Clinical Engineers, Assistive Technology Practitioners, Clinicians, Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Functional Posture

  • Development of postural management
  • Postural management equipment
  • Assessment and provision
  • Outcome measures
  • Evidence Base

Chapter 2


  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Stroke
  • dementia
  • etc

Sensory impairment and EAT

cognitive impairment and EAT

Chapter 3

Assessment and Prescription

  • assessment models
  • physical
  • sensory
  • cognitive
  • functional
  • documentation
    • forms
    • review
    • maintenance

Chapter 4

Alternative Access technologies inc.

  • mechanical switches
  • proximity switches
  • eye gaze systems
  • brain-computer interface
  • EMG

Chapter 5

Environmental control (EC) and alternative computer access

  • History of EC/ alternative computer access
  • types and development
  • provision
  • outcome measures,
  • evidence Base

Chapter 6

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

  • History of AAC
  • types and development
  • provision models
  • outcome measures
  • <LI


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About the Author

Ladan Najafi

Ladan has a degree in Medical Engineering and MSc in Bio-Medical Engineering. She has specialised in Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT). She worked and completed her Clinical Scientist training at Chailey Clinical Services. She supported children and young people with complex physical disabilities, with their EAT needs, whilst at Chailey. Ladan joined the East Kent Adult Communication and Assistive Technology (ACAT) Service in 2011 as the head of the service. This service is a section of the Medical Physics department of the East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. She successfully expanded the ACAT service across Kent and Medway in 2014. The service provides specialist assessments and AAC equipment to its service users with complex disabilities using a multidisciplinary approach. Ladan is involved in various European research projects and supports training, research and development at the department of Medical physics. Ladan chaired the RESMaG EAT (national Special Interest Group) for 3 years and led the writing of EAT competencies targeting associates, clinical technologists and engineers working in the areas of AAC, EC and powered mobility specialist controls.

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Scientist and Head of Adult Team, Kent and Medway Communication and Assistive Technology (KM CAT)

Donna Cowan

Donna has over 20 years of clinical and research experience in the field of Electronic Assistive Technology. She has a degree in Electronic Engineering from Nottingham University and a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Kings College London. She worked in the Centre of Rehabilitation Engineering (CoRE) at King's for 7 years as a research fellow and course co-ordinator, while also leading a regional electronic AT service. Donna joined Chailey Clinical Services, and became head of their Rehabilitation Engineering Service in 2002. Her department designs, and manufactures assistive technology for people with complex disabilities. Donna is currently the deputy clinical director of Chailey Clinical Services and has been involved in research and equipment development throughout her career. Donna successfully set up the Surrey and Sussex regional communication aid service (Chailey Communication Aid Service (CCAS) in 2014. She was a trustee of the Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST) charity for 10 years and was a founder member of the organising committee for the annual national RAATE conference (Recent Advances in Assistive Technology and Engineering).

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Clinical Director of Chailey Clinical Services

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