As occupational therapists and mentors we want to customize everything because that is how the child is able to properly function in life. A child with Cerebral Palsy or disabilities like that will work better if everything is tailor made for their needs. To make everything specifically for the child allows the child to be supported accurately and hopefully we are able to prevent injuries. As occupational therapists and mentors we have the assistive technologies to make this possible. We want the child comfortable in every equipment they use so they are comfortable in every piece of equipment that they use throughout the day.
As a mentor with a lot of back problems I look at everything from the seating system to how they are using the talker and if he or she is struggling. If it is a minor adjustment then we know the talker is a right fit for the child but if we have done everything and the person is still struggling then it’s time to move on to the next device. As I have mentioned in my last blog using the inappropriate communication device can have lasting consequences on the child. The child should be at ease using the talker and the power chair because that hard repetition of the movement is going to give the child a long-lasting injury. We want the child at ease while using the communication device and the power chair.
As someone who has injured their back while using the inappropriate communication device for several of years I don’t want a child to suffer as I used to with an equipment. The child should be at ease communicating and driving the power chair. The child needs to type easily because all we want him or her thinking about is what they are doing for school or for fun. The equipment needs to become invisible and the child just needs to do what they need to do and if that isn’t the case we need to change something to make it the case.
Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children