Equipment manufacturer, Leckey, and distributor, Sunrise Medical, have put together these useful posters to help assist families when writing goals and benefits around Assistive Technology.
THE BENEFITS OF WALKING
SUPPORTS PEER AND FAMILY INTERACTION
Children can be included in everyday activities with friends and family.
IMPROVES CONFIDENCE AND INDEPENDENCE
Allows children to participate – gaining confidence in playing with friends.
AIDS COMMUNICATION AND COGNITION
Interaction with friends improves verbal skills and promotes learning.
PROMOTES PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLNESS
Participation in activities and play is fun and improves mood.
DEVELOPS PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
Practice and new experiences with others help to develop skills and manage new situations.
INCREASES PARTICIPATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE Kids love to be included! Having improved self-initiated mobility allows children to actively participate.
THE BENEFITS OF STANDING
Standing enhances respiratory capacity – improving voice creation and volume.
PROVIDES MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEER INTERACTION
Being at eye level allows children to better communicate and engage with their peers and teachers.
Children are typically more alert and engaged when in a standing position because of improved circulation and blood flow.
Children can engage and gain confidence to play with their friends and siblings.
AIDS IN COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Interaction and enhanced play time with friends promotes skill development.
IMPROVED ACCESS TO ENVIRONMENT
Standing allows better access to places like kitchen benches and chalkboards to enhance participation.
THE BENEFITS OF SEATING
FACILITATES OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPROVED SOCIAL INTERACTION AND PARTICIPATION
Children enjoy spending time with friends. A comfortable and supportive seating system allows them to engage for longer periods of time.
PROMOTES GROSS MOTOR AND TRUNK DEVELOPMENT
Children can improve reaching skills and coordination when they are sitting in a stable position.
AIDS SELF-CARE OPPORTUNITIES
A stable body position allows children to learn dressing and grooming skills.
ENHANCES PLAY SKILLS
When sitting comfortably, children can engage in play and have fun with their friends.
PROMOTES UPPER LIMB AND HAND
Children can gain range of motion and strength in their upper limbs when their posture is properly supported.
When children are comfortable, they are able to sit longer and be included in more activities.
IMPROVES ATTENTION AND COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING
When a child is comfortable and stable, learning and skill-development is enhanced.
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