Understanding Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is any type of equipment that helps an individual to do something they have difficulty doing due to their disability/impairment. 

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An example of this can be a standing frame and wheelchair for a child with a neurological impairment that is starting school so that they can be transported safely and engage with their peers at eye level.

Choosing the right piece of equipment can be life changing and improve comfort, ease and safety of day to day life. 

At Ohana Physiotherapy we spend time researching the most appropriate equipment for our clients including measurements and assessments, trials with local suppliers, quotations, short and long AT reports for funding, fitting of equipment, training and follow ups. 

Our Physiotherapists have experience prescribing a wide variety of AT including:

  • Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) with an orthotist
  • Orthopaedic Shoes
  • Dynamic Movement Orthoses
  • Theratogs
  • Turtlebrace (serial casting alternative)
  • SPIO Suit
  • Standing frame
  • Manual wheelchair
  • Power wheelchair
  • Gait trainer
  • Walking frame
  • Floor hoist system
  • Mobility Scooter
  • Modified Bicycle/ Tricycle
  • Cane/ stick
  • Seating device/ activity chair
  • Shower chair (with Occupational Therapist)
  • Switch toys (with Occupational Therapist)

We find clients get the most out of their AT when the right type of equipment has been prescribed, the clients and carers have been trained on correct use and the clients themselves get to use their equipment frequently, both during regular therapy sessions and in their day to day life.

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