As technology continues to advance, children with special needs are becoming increasingly more integrated into the world around them. Blythedale's comprehensive Assistive Technology program, one of only a few such programs in New York State, is opening doors for these children.
Assistive Technology expands opportunities for children with special needs to increase participation in school settings, build social interactions, and access their environments in a variety of specialized ways.
Blythedale’s dedicated team includes Assistive Technology experts from speech language pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Evaluations focus on identifying a child's strengths and needs to increase independence. The team collaborates with families and caregivers to develop individualized plans for integrating technology into their lives. Our multi-disciplinary team optimizes compatability and carryover to home and school.
Assistive Technology enables children to function more independently in areas where they would otherwise have difficulty, need assistance, or be unable to participate. This specialized technology is beneficial to children with a wide range of medical conditions and developmental disabilities.
We offer evaluations and training services for:
- Augmentative communication
- Computer access and adaptations
- Daily living technologies
- Environmental controls
- Wheelchairs and customized seating
Assistive Technology referrals can be made by physicians, school systems, families and through self-referral.
For more information about our program or to schedule an appointment, please contact Tracy French, Assistive Technology Coordinator at ATcoordinator@blythedale.org or (914) 831-2453.
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