Computers, Digital Cameras, Mobile Phones, Smart Photos, iPads – these are just some of latest technologies we use every day. Making phone calls, checking emails and using the internet are everyday activities which happen at our fingers tips. But what happens if you have an injury or illness which affects your ability to use technology?
For many patients, technology is used to assist with their rehabilitation and is also used as a tool by therapists during assessment and treatment.
52 year old George, had a large stroke approximately 12 months ago. As a result of the stroke, he has difficulty using his left arm and hand, walks with a stick, has poor short term memory and some difficulty with his speech. George was not a regular computer user prior to his stroke, but was motivated to his thinking skills, speech and ability to use his hand and arm.
Occupational Therapists regularly use adaptive equipment, aids and technology to assit clients return to their pre-injury activities. Keeping in mind George’s therapy goals, the Occupational Therapist trialled an iPad with George which has now enabled him to:
- Practise using his left hand and arm by accessing the touch screen
- Use the Calender, with assistance each week to setup his appointments and reminder alarms
- George is able to access his email with the touch of a finger, and will often type out words for people if he is having difficulty pronouncing the right word
- Family have assisted George to load photos onto the iPad, which has been a great tool for assisting him to remember recent events such as family celebrations and achievements
- George also uses a number of software applications as therapy tools. He uses Brain Training and Memory Plus to improve his thinking skills and Locabulary and Small Talk Aphasia to assist develop his speech.
- George can now also read books and listen to music, once finished with his therapy activities
Our Occupational Therapists use computer software and technology as a valuable therapy tool. If you are wanting to improve your thinking skills, re-learn how to use your computer after injury or simply make life a little easier- these things are all possible with today’s latest technology.
If you would like assistance and advice about how today’s technology can assist you please call the office on 9906 7777 to discuss.