Tutorial Eight: Assistive technology
Provide a definition of Assistive technology (your Cook and Hussey reading may be helpful with this).
Assistive Technology is the use of a piece of equipment that can be either specifically modified or bought off the self that is designed to work with individuals with a disability, in order to improve or increase their functional capabilities.
Describe one piece of equipment introduced in the assistive technology tutorial. Provide information on size, cost and functions.
The Sunny Sunshine Switch!! No child can keep from touching this spectacular switch/toy. When used as a toy, the easiest touch will reward the child with colored lights, vibration and three different soothing tunes in sync with 8 different colored blinking lights. If a toy or device is plugged in, the Sunny Sunshine will activate it when touched. Size: 14"L x 14"W x 8"H. Requires 6 AA Batteries. Cost: $82.95
How does your chosen piece of equipment increased functional capacity for the user? Provide examples here from the tutorial and lecture.
The child using this device is rewarded for the lightest touch, which promotes function by encouraging them to reach out for it again and again. It also aids children in group activities or individual participation by acting as a switch that is engaged in something they are doing. Here function is increased as they are able to be responsible for something in the group happening.