ERIC Number: ED339157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
The Role of the Occupational and Physical Therapist in Assistive Technology. Tech Use Guide: Using Computer Technology.
Reed, Penny; Bowser, Gayl
This guide defines assistive technology as specialized hardware and software equipment used by students with disabilities to increase their ability to participate in tasks of learning and daily living and function as independently as possible. Types of assistive technology are listed, and information resources about assistive technology are noted. A team approach to making decisions about assistive technology for each student is recommended. The roles of occupational and physical therapists in contributing to this child study team are then discussed, with physical therapists having expertise in assistive technology related to mobility and occupational therapists having expertise in assisting students with the activities of daily living, environmental control, writing, and keyboarding. The contributions of the special education teacher and speech/language therapist are also examined. Assistive technology issues that need to be addressed by the team include evaluation procedures, selection of technology, implementation, and monitoring. A detailed table lists services provided by therapists in schools, the purpose of each service, and questions that other team members may want to ask occupational and physical therapists about the services and assistive technology. A list of 14 print and 6 organizational resources and a glossary conclude the guide. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Center for Special Education Technology.
Note: For related documents, see ED 324 842-850 and EC 300 758-769.