Adaptive Aids and Assistive/Computer Technology
Therapeutic Recreation is the provision of treatment services and the provision of Recreation Services to persons with illnesses or disabling conditions. The primary purposes of Treatment Services, which are often referred to as Recreational Therapy, are to restore, remediate or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability. The primary purposes of Recreational Services are to provide recreation resources and opportunities in order to improve health and well-being. Therapeutic recreation is provided by professionals who are trained and certified, registered and/or licensed to provide therapeutic recreation (1987).
Aquatic Therapy is a therapeutic procedure which attempts to improve function through the application of aquatic therapeutic exercises. It is done in a pool, preferably in warm water, to restore movement and strength through the use of heat, buoyancy, and resistance. Aquatic therapy procedures require constant attendance of a therapist educated in performing aquatic therapeutic exercises. When using aquatic therapy interventions, a practitioner must provide a rationale for the use of aquatic as a therapeutic modality. The water is a profound environment for promoting independent movement, trunk and joint stability, various postural techniques and weight bearing status, muscle relaxation, and increasing circulation. Due to the properties of the water, such as hydrostatic pressure, density, and buoyancy, the water can reduce edema, reestablish sensory function, slow coordination movements, assist with movement, allow for pain avoidance, and advance therapist handling. (http://www.aquatictherapy.org)
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment, ongoing evaluation, and follow-up. Many people benefit from music therapy services. These people may include children, adolescents, adults and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer.s disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor. (American Music Therapy Association, 2010)
Adaptive Aids and Assistive/Computer Technology at HHS offers a broad range of standard, adaptive, assistive and alternative technology services, including high, mid, low and even no tech. Our innovative approach treats each customer and technology uniquely, to create synergistic solutions. Assistive Technology Specialists evaluate individual needs and abilities, then outline and implement optimal solutions to meet those needs, with customized adaptations and training as necessary. Our adaptations/modifications often allow access to standard techniques and technology, such as computers, input devices and software. We are familiar with specialized devices, and work with them as appropriate, still applying our insight and personal touch. We constantly track the latest trends in both off-the-shelf and adaptive technology, always seeking techniques and mechanisms to enhance life quality and independence in daily living. Our specialists will work diligently to meet the needs of our clients. Contact us to find out more.