Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People With Brain Impairment

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Springer Publishing Company, Dec 20, 2011 - Social Science - 400 pages
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Integrating current research with the experiences of people with cognitive disabilities, this volume examines how assistive and cognitive support technologies are being harnessed to provide assistance for thinking, remembering, and learning. The book vividly describes real-life situations in which cognitively impaired individuals use assistive supports and the advantages and limitations these individuals perceive from their use. It provides information on how cognitively impaired individuals and their families and caregivers can select the most appropriate technologies from a wide array of accommodations and resources, including individualized protocols of different forms of support to facilitate optimal functioning.

The text offers practitioners a comprehensive and systematic process for ensuring their clients' effective application and utilization of this technology. This book will also provide insight for users of assistive technology and their families and caregivers to ensure optimal technology use.

Key Features:

  • Outlines an effective process for integrating assistive technologies into the activities and lifestyle of users with cognitive disabilities
  • Explains how to match individuals with the most appropriate devices to enhance independent functioning
  • Provides a detailed overview of neurological and physical characteristics of various cognitive disabilities present at birth or acquired through accident, illness, or aging
  • Includes figures, checklists, assessment tools, and illustrations throughout the text for enhanced learning

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Aging BrainWhen The Mind Dissolves
1
Chapter 2 The Brain Born With a DisabilityWhen The Mind Grows
19
Chapter 3 How the Brain Works
33
Chapter 4 Treatment and Rehabilitation Practices Intervening in Cognitive Disability
55
Chapter 5 The Potential of Technology to Assist Individuals With Cognitive Disability
121
Chapter 6 Assistive Technologies for Mobility Communication Seeing Hearing and Activities of Daily Living
143
Chapter 7 Assistive Technologies for Cognition
159
Chapter 8 Environmental Barriers And Enablers
193
Chapter 11 The Future Is Bright But There Are Challenges
281
Notes
301
References
305
Appendix A Glossary
329
Appendix B Examples of Assistive Technology and Cognitive Support Technology Resources
339
Appendix C Finding and Funding Assistive and Cognitive Support Technologies
353
Appendix D
359
Index
369

Chapter 9 Getting Support and Services
217
Chapter 10 Matching Person and Technology
243

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Marcia J. Scherer, PHD, MPH, CRC is the President and Director of The Institute for Matching Person and Technology, NY; Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester, and part-time Professor of Pediatrics at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Scherer has authored, co-authored or edited seven books, including Assistive Technology, Connecting to Learn, Living In a State of Stuck, 4th Edition.

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