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Assistive Technology Services at Spaulding Boston OP

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a physical, communication or cognitive limitation, advancements in assistive technologies can help compensate for limitations you may face. Technologies can help someone who is learning to live with a new disability compensate for his or her limitations. A new technology may also help someone with a chronic or progressive disabling condition maintain or improve his or her independence. We’ve found ways to take the advances in modern medical technology and personal, digital connectivity and put them to use for you and your recovery.

Spaulding's Approach to Assistive Technology Services

Our team of professionals from the disciplines of occupational therapy and speech language pathology utilize the latest technological advancements to help patients with a variety of communication, computer access, and environmental control needs. An initial evaluation is required to determine the right assistive technology to meet your needs.

Your clinician can assist you in finding the proper technology to meet your individual needs and will provide training in the use of this technology. Together we can assist you in finding the right system that may include:
  • Alphabet and letter boards, word or phrase boards, picture boards
  • iOS or Android communication apps
  • High-tech communication devices (including eye gaze systems)
  • Word/message banking, voice amplification
  • Systems for individuals with hearing impairment and head and neck cancer
  • We provide evaluation, treatment, training on system use, and assistance with device funding through insurance
Your clinician will assist you in finding the proper technology to meet your individual needs and will provide training in the use of this technology including:
  • Computer/device access (tablet, mobile phone, or communication device included) for individuals with physical or visual impairments limiting their use of technology
  • Environmental control, such as use of smart home products controlled by voice, an accessible device, or an app
  • Cognitive supports, including technologies to assist memory and executive function/organization
  • Ergonomics, involving adjusting the setup of a workstation to reduce pain/strain and increase tolerance for work
  • Access to school curriculum and/or employment, including technologies to assist with reading, writing/pencil and paper tasks, including note-taking and mathematics