Your questions on Assistive Technology for Cerebral Palsy answered
Assistive technology for cerebral palsy (CP) plays a pivotal role in transforming challenges into achievable milestones. From advanced communication aids to customised mobility devices and adaptive equipment for daily living, assistive technology opens up a realm of possibilities for people living with CP.
Assistive technology (AT) caters to the diverse needs of those with cerebral palsy. It can help to improve educational performance, ability to clearly express needs and emotions and even enable employment and greater independence.
At Maple, we can help you to discover the types of assistive technology that are available to you with the help of NDIS funding and guide you through the transformative power these devices can have in your daily life.
What technology is used for cerebral palsy?
Several types of assistive technologies are used to support people living with cerebral palsy.
These tools and gadgets open doors to self-sufficiency, allowing them the opportunity to engage confidently in daily activities and be more actively involved in their surroundings. Overall, AT empowers both children and adults living with cerebral palsy to participate more fully in various aspects of life, from personal care to social engagement.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) equipment for cerebral palsy helps those with speech difficulties to communicate. These devices can range from simple picture boards to sophisticated speech generating devices that can be operated via touch, eye gaze or head movements.
Wheelchairs, both manual and powered, are commonly used by those with CP who have limited mobility. Walkers and gait trainers are designed to provide stability and support for walking and orthotic devices such as braces and splints help with alignment and support.
Adaptive technology for cerebral palsy
Children with cerebral palsy often have more difficulty carrying out fundamental daily tasks without the help of a carer. Adaptive devices for cerebral palsy such as dressing aids, modified utensils and bathroom equipment can help participants to be more independent not just at home but also out in the community.
Cerebral palsy computer equipment
Special keyboards, mouse alternatives, (like trackball mice or head pointers) and touch screens help those with CP to use a computer. There is also software available that uses voice recognition, screen reading and text-to-speech as well as interactive and customisable interfaces. These aids can greatly improve opportunities for learning and employment.
Your choice of technology will depend on what you or your loved ones specific needs are and the severity of the condition. AT comes in so many shapes, sizes, varieties and price ranges, so it’s good to have an understanding of the types of AT that could improve your quality of life before you decide to incorporate it in your plan. However, your professional support network can help you to explore your AT options further.
How to claim assistive technology in NDIS?
If you are considering various types of assistive technology to enhance daily living for you or a loved one with cerebral palsy, the NDIS can provide funding support. Initially, you’ll need a professional assessment from an occupational therapist, speech therapist, or physiotherapist. They can assess your needs and suggest suitable AT options that will align with your NDIS plan goals. A detailed report from them will outline how the recommended AT aids in achieving these goals.
Ensure that your need for AT is discussed during your NDIS planning meeting so it can be incorporated into your plan. The NDIS classifies AT into different levels of complexity, which influences funding arrangements.
For simple low cost AT like basic software, you may be able to purchase these directly using your NDIS funds without additional approval. However, for more sophisticated or expensive AT, prior approval from the NDIA is necessary. You’ll need to submit your therapist’s assessment report and any quotes for the AT to the NDIA.
You can buy the AT from NDIS registered providers or other suppliers. But it’s crucial to keep all your receipts and invoices for record keeping and auditing. How you are reimbursed for AT costs depends on the management of your plan:
- NDIS managed – the provider bills the NDIS directly.
- Plan managed – your plan manager pays the provider and then claims reimbursement from the NDIS.
- Self managed – you pay the provider and claim reimbursement from the NDIS via the participant portal.
Our team at Maple is here to guide you through the process of receiving equipment and technology through your NDIS funding. Reach out to us today to find out more about AT for autism.
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