At Madonna, we have a wide array of state of the art technology available to help maximize recovery.  Each patient’s individualized treatment program is developed by their transdisciplinary team and  may include some of what is listed here, but it is dependent on the needs of the patient.  

Assistive Technology

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) benefits individuals who are unable to use verbal speech to communicate. AAC is a clinical area of practice that uses different methods of communication for individuals with communication impairments or disabilities. Various technologies and strategies are used to assist individuals of all ages with varied levels of physical or learning challenges. 

Speech generating devices (SDGs) are a form of AAC technology that can assist non-speaking individuals with communication. Using the latest in AAC technology and intervention strategies, specially trained speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide AAC evaluations and treatments for children and adults with complex communication needs. Collaborative evaluations and treatments with specially trained occupational and physical therapists are also available when needed to optimize access and positioning to AAC technology. AAC evaluations include trials of technology and strategies, assistance with acquiring funding for recommended technology and training.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation, please contact Dr. Susan Fager at 402.413.4506.

Assistive technology specialists work with people to increase their ability to operate a computer for work, school or home following disabilities that limit their mobility or muscle function. An evaluation is completed to identify a person's individual needs, goals and functional capacity. The therapist then works to accommodate the person by creating a customized computer set up that allows the greatest level of independence with computer tasks. A variety of assistive technology solutions are available to reach a person's goals with computer access such as switches, keyboard modifications, voice activation, eye gaze and keyboard access devices.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation, please contact Dr. Susan Fager at 402.413.4506.

Electronic Aids to Daily Living, or EADL devices, give people with disabilities a means to control telephones, televisions and other audio visual devices, lamps, lights and other appliances and attendant call systems.

The assistive technology specialists evaluate each person's individual needs and desires to independently control electronic devices in their environment, using their functional abilities. The therapist can provide custom modifications to software, electronics and other appliances to promote independence and safety in their environment.

The Technology Lab provides a vast inventory of switches and environmental control devices that are available for evaluation and trial, offering solutions for independent operation and control of various devices in a person's home, work or school environment. Therapists also consult with durable medical equipment specialists to determine funding options that may cover assistive technology device costs. The Assistive Technology Lab provides a unique opportunity to see assistive technology solutions in action and facilitates the most appropriate match between the person served and technology available.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation, please contact Dr. Susan Fager at 402.413.4506.

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