iPhone and iPad Apps For Speech Development As we all know, technology has become a part of our daily lives. iPad and iPhone application developers have created both motivating and meaningful applications that target many of the areas within the speech and language discipline. The apps are multisensory; they tap into the senses of sight, sound and touch. Amputee recovers feeling with robotic arm European researchers have created a robotic hand that gave an amputee a sense of touch he had not felt in a decade. With the artificial limb, the patient could “feel” the different objects – such as a bottle, some cotton or a piece of fruit – and was able to intuitively adjust his grasp. Amputee Dennis Aabo Sorensen lost his left hand in a firework accident. “That was truly amazing to suddenly feel something after nine years,” he said. “Because suddenly my hand is talking to the brain again, if you wish, and that was incredible.” Doctors at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital implanted tiny electrodes inside two nerves in the stump of Sorensen’s arm.
Supports for language learning As clinicians, we frequently ask ourselves how we can help AAC learners become fluent with their core vocabulary words. A big part of the answer can be summed up in a word: Focus. The more we focus on those words, the more we can impact learning. There are lots of things competing for our attention, though, and sometimes we get distracted. Human Exoskeleton, The ‘Body Extender,’ Is ‘Most Complex Wearable Robot’ Ever Built Engineers in Italy have created what is known as the “Body Extender,” a type of machine that humans can be strapped into like something out of Star Wars. At the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory, also known as Percro, engineers have created a robot that can carry humans, protect them, and move heavy objects as a form of exoskeleton, or skeleton outside of the body. “This is the most complex wearable robot that has been ever built in the world,” Fabio Salsedo of Percro told the BBC. “It’s a device which is able to track the complex movement of the human body and also to amplify the force of the operator.”
Strategies for Teaching Yes and No - Speech Buddy - Speech Therapy by Holly F. Source: mommykatandkids.com Though it might seem as though your child communicates “no” all the time (maybe he protests, maybe she runs away, he might sign “all done”), teaching children with language impairments to express the words, “yes” and “no” can sometimes be a challenge in speech therapy. New Finger Device Reads Books To The Blind Researchers from the MIT Media Lab have developed a device shaped like a giant ring that can read to people who are visually impaired. They call this 3-D printed prototype, FingerReader. After slipping the device on, the user just runs an index finger below the printed text in a magazine, on a business card, or on a menu, for example. A small camera scans the words and the device reads them out loud in real time. Audio cues and a small vibrating motor alerts the user if he or she needs to move to the next line or has veered from the line of text. Details about FingerReader can be found in this paper [pdf], and here’s a video of how it works:
Inclusive TLC - APPlicator - switch interface InclusiveTLC is a major educational supplier of assistive technology products. Our extensive worldwide knowledge and experience in the special needs arena has brought together an excellent range of assistive technology solutions. Latest Products Variant price modifier: Tele-doctors treat walk-in patients at 4 clinics - Ottawa Four Appletree Medical Group health clinics in Ottawa are using the internet to connect patients with doctors in Toronto for more timely treatment. The Ontario government pays for the one-year pilot program, which works by using online video conferencing. Physicians can diagnose and treat patients without examining them in person, by assessing their visible symptoms, such as if they have a rash or burn. But someone complaining of abdominal pain, for example, would have to be treated by a doctor in person. Vijnken Shah came to an Appletree clinic with an eye infection and opted for the shorter telemedicine wait time. "I really like this approach," Shah told CBC News.
SEN Switcher SENSwitcher is a suite of programs designed to help teach early ICT skills to people with profound and multiple learning difficulties, those who need to develop skills with assistive input devices and very young children new to computers. SEN Switcher is an online switch enabled application which targets ICT skills from purely experiential through cause and effect, switch building, timed activation, targeting and row scanning. SENSwitcher has been designed as a progressive teaching and assessment tool and is accompanied by an 18 page set of teachers notes together with assessment records, developmental skills progression models and small step checklists linked to the QCA P Levels for ICT. The program is available FREE to teachers, parents, care workers, if fact anyone who wants to use it. We hope you and your children enjoy it.
Advantages of Robotic Surgery In today's operating rooms, you'll find two or three surgeons, an anesthesiologist and several nurses, all needed for even the simplest of surgeries. Most surgeries require nearly a dozen people in the room. As with all automation, surgical robots will eventually eliminate the need for some personnel.