Monday, January 25, 2010

Do you check for comfort?

A review in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology reported on the use of assistive devices and technology in people with cerebral palsy. Twenty four studies were found and each study had less than 10 participants. Computer task performance was tested although only three groups studied ease and comfort of use. The researchers recommend that more research be done on ease and comfort of use, performance and design features.

As teacher, parent or therapist, do you check for ease and comfort of use with the client for any assistive technology that you suggest? This is a question that needs to be asked over and over again. Children grow and change so rapidly. Comfort and ease of use for any device (be it a computer, stander, wheelchair, adapted toilet, etc) needs to be constantly assessed. Remember not to just ask the parent, teacher or caregiver but check with the clients themselves.

Reference: Claire DAVIES, SUZIE MUDGE, SHANTHI AMERATUNGA and N Susan STOTT Enabling self-directed computer use for individuals with cerebral palsy: a systematic review of assistive devices and technologies. Development Medicine and Child Neurology Published online 1/5/10. DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2009.03564.x

2 comments:

therextras said...

Yes.

Your Therapy Source Inc said...

Barbara,

I knew your answer was yes without a doubt in my mind based on what you write. I have come across a handful of therapists through the years though who don't always check and recheck with the person themselves.