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Children and adults with motor impairments often have difficulty moving around and engaging in the things that are most important in their lives. Advanced technology offers new ways for those with the most limited movement to explore and participate in the world around them.
At the Perlman Center, advanced options for 24-hour seating, power mobility strengthening and environmental access can be determined for every individual, according to his or her needs. The Assistive Technology Lab and the expert team of physical and occupational therapists specializing in advanced technology applications offer solutions for a wide variety of physical needs, especially for those living with cerebral palsy.
Children with cerebral palsy can benefit from early use of technology to allow them to explore their environment.
Using custom electronics, a 6-year-old boy with spinal muscular atrophy is able to explore his environment independently.
A preschooler with cerebral palsy learns to access a computer using a single switch, which she activates with her head. This will later become a reliable way for her to control her power wheelchair.
A preschool child uses switch-adapted scissors to participate in an art activity.
A preschool child with cerebral palsy plays outside using an adapted gait training device.
With the help of a mobile stander, this preschooler with multiple disabilities is able to play with others.
A 2-year-old girl with cerebral palsy plays “Ring Around the Rosie” with her physical therapist to explore early power mobility with a head array.
The benefits of assistive technology go well beyond communication and mobility. A student with cerebral palsy uses a switch-adapted camera to pursue his interest in photography.
A child with spinal muscular atrophy uses power mobility to independently explore the zoo on a field trip with friends from the Perlman therapeutic program.
A school-age child with disabilities tries new gait training equipment to promote functional gains. At the Perlman Center, new technology is introduced throughout the life span.
A teenager with cerebral palsy works with her occupational therapist on improving her writing skills using special computer software. She attends the Perlman Center’s teen writer’s group where therapists and teachers help her improve skills that will help her succeed in school.
At the Perlman Center, a preschool child with significant physical disabilities is able to participate in a group cooking activity using a switch-adapted pouring device.
In the Perlman Center Assistive Technology Lab, a young adult tries computer access technology that will help him make the transition from high school to college.
Using switch-adapted cameras, children with cerebral palsy are able to expand their use of technology to pursue personal interests.
A Perlman therapist helps a child use switch-adapted scissors.
A physical therapist at the Perlman Center plays an outdoor game to determine the best standing equipment to meet a child’s needs.
An occupational therapist encourages a parent to incorporate therapeutic listening as a tool to promote her child’s development and participation.
Technology can free the mind and end isolation.
Technology can help create a means to get there from here.
Technology can open a new world of participation and inclusion.
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