Assistive technology is any type of device that makes it easier for a child with a disability to perform a physiological function that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Our Assistive Technology Program supports children with a variety of communication, learning, and mobility needs.
Our Assistive Technology team is made up of experts from several fields, including:
- speech and language pathology
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- rehabilitation engineering services (specialists who use the principles of engineering to design or adapt assistive devices)
Teamwork is essential when introducing assistive technology to a child, and we actively seek to build a strong collaboration among children, parents and family members, community-based therapists and teachers, and our clinic staff. Together, we can facilitate your child’s most effective use of his or her skills and technologies in every setting with assistive technology.
When your child needs an assistive device, we provide evaluations and recommendations for children with a variety of communication, learning, and mobility needs.
We offer complete specialized assessments, as well as individual therapy and training, consultation with your child’s other therapists and educators, and assistance with the set-up and customization of any assistive technology aids.
General Information: (407) 650-7833
For Appointments: (407) 650-7715
Location: Therapeutic & Rehabilitation Services: 5th Floor
Assistive Technology Specialist
Betsy B. Burgos, EdS, MA, OTR/L, ATP
- photo ID
- medical insurance cards
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
Our Assistive Technology team at Nemours Children’s Hospital includes experts from several fields, including:
Teamwork is essential in this process as we actively seek to build a strong collaboration among children, parents and family members, community-based therapists and teachers, and our clinic staff.
When Your Child Needs Assistive Technology Services
We provide evaluations and recommendations for children with a variety of seating, mobility, communication, and learning needs.
Our wheelchair services provides a team approach to the evaluation and recommendation of seating and mobility equipment for children from birth to age 17. Our professionals are experts in helping to find the solution that best fits your child’s needs. One of our main goals is to promote independence and better functioning within the home, school, and community environments.
Our team includes:
- an assistive technology specialist
- a physical therapist
- an occupational therapist
- a rehabilitation technician
- a wheelchair vendor
What you can expect at an appointment with us:
- a thorough evaluation of your child’s mobility and positioning needs
- recommendations for the most appropriate equipment to meet those needs
- collaboration with your orthopedic surgeon or pediatric physiatrist
- documentation that will be provided to the vendor and submitted to your insurance company for authorizing the recommended equipment
- assistance with insurance appeals, if necessary
- the fitting of your child’s wheelchair and seating system upon delivery to assure that the recommended equipment is providing the expected outcome
- power wheelchair training: the assistive technology team will coordinate training sessions to teach your child any driving skills needed so she or he can operate the power wheelchair independently
Additional services include custom molded seating, trials of various power-seating systems, and trials of alternative drive controls. We may also recommend supplemental assistive technologies.
Ambulation devices help your child get around with as much independence as possible. The assistive technology team will evaluate your child’s ambulatory needs and recommend devices such as gait trainers and walkers (i.e., lightweight walkers, folding walkers, forearm walkers).
We’ll schedule training sessions as needed to teach your child how to become familiar and more independent with the use of ambulation devices in his or her environments (i.e., home, school, church, parks).
Self-care devices assist children with strength, coordination, flexibility, mobility, and range-of-motion deficits. They also help caregivers perform activities like bathing, toileting and personal hygiene.
The assistive technology team will evaluate your child’s self-care needs and recommend devices such as:
- bath chairs
- shower chairs and gurneys
- transfer benches
- toilet seats and chairs
- inflatable bath tubs
Positioning devices help children with motor and strength deficits maintain better body alignment and more symmetric positioning. These promote lung expansion for better breathing, better circulation, increased strength and endurance, and better trunk control.
Children also tend to focus more and be more engaged in learning activities and social skills while they are properly aligned in sitting and standing positions.
The assistive technology team will evaluate your child’s positioning needs and may recommend devices such as:
- supine and prone standers
- dynamic standers
- activity chairs
- positioning pillows