Assistive Technology

At L.I.F.E. all our therapists provide assistive technology (AT) services such as helping a consumer (AKA client, patient) and their family choose the right device, obtain the device, fit the device, use the device, and maintain the device. Additionally, our therapists help support the Flexible Seating Program, Therapeutic Positioning Program and other AT needs in the L.I.F.E. Academy classrooms.

What is assistive technology?

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment or product system that improves, increases, or maintains the functional abilities of a person with disabilities.

assistive technology

Typical AT Expertise Areas

  • Wheelchairs
  • Walkers
  • Standers
  • Sensory Processing Equipment (i.e. balls, swings etc.)
  • Adaptive Grip
    • Utensils
    • Pens/Pencils
  • Adaptive Tools
    • Shoe horns
    • Sock pullers
  • Communication Devices
    • Low tech communication systems like Velcro pictures
    • Dynamic Display Communication Devices (i.e. ipad running TouchChat)
  • Adaptive cups
  • Adaptive utensils
  • Musical instruments that help improve social interaction
  • Adaptive sports equipment

Assistive Technology Leadership

NOEL McCLUNEY
NOEL McCLUNEYDirector of Clinical Programming, (PT, DPT, AT Specialist)
ZACHARY PRICE
ZACHARY PRICESpeech-Language Pathology Assistant, (SLP-A) and Assistive Technology Facilitator

Role:

  • I provide 1:1 speech therapy services, working to progress target goals areas in expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language. Additionally, as needed and when available, I collaborate with various support staff to program, update, and troubleshoot student’s Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) systems.

Education:

  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate, Northern Arizona University, 2014
  • B.S. in Speech Sciences and Technology, Northern Arizona University, 2014

Specific Treatment Strategies, Equipment, or Expertise Utilized:

  • Specific focus in Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Proficient in programming and use of various AAC programs including TouchChat, NovaChat, Proloquo2Go, LAMP, and GoTalkNow
  • Teaching and modeling AAC use in classroom and clinical therapy settings

Continuing Education:

  • Various AAC courses and in-person conference
  • Intro to Assistive Technology for Pediatrics
  • Out of Sync Child with Carol Stock Kronowitz

Career History:

  • I started at L.I.F.E. in 2015 working first as a community direct support professional before coming on campus as a founding member of the Academy Resource Team and providing alternative and augmentive communication support. Recently, I transitioned to providing 1:1 speech therapy services and I continue to provide AAC support for the Academy. Before L.I.F.E. I worked in both public and private school settings, as well as a dedicated speech therapy clinic.

Personal Treatment Philosophy:

  • I am an advocate for the growing neurodiversity and trauma-informed movements within the therapy and special education world, which has helped shape my own personal treatment ideas and approaches. When it comes to AAC use, I actively utilize and promote Aided Language Input. This is the notion that much like a foreign language, to teach AAC we have to speak it ourselves.

Personal:

  • Lauren’s Institute is very important for me personally even outside of my career. My wife Katie has been an OT here for a number of years, and our daughter previously attended the preschool program as a peer model classmate. The idea of L.I.F.E. being a family atmosphere is even more true for me! Outside of work and family, I’m an avid video gamer and comic book reader.

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