Pediatric Assistive Technology
The Good Shepherd Pediatrics Assistive Technology Program provides state-of-the-art-technology interventions to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
For children with limited or no verbal skills, Good Shepherd offers a variety of methods to increase functional communication. When used along with natural speech, objects, pictures, signs or speech-generating devices can produce positive outcomes for children.
Adaptive Computer Hardware / Software
For children who cannot access computers in the traditional way, Good Shepherd's therapists offer various assistive technology solutions. Software programs also are available to promote language development, literacy, writing skills and cognitive development and to help remediate for visual deficits.
EADLs (Environment Control System Aids for Daily Living)
Good Shepherd offers evaluation and training for the use of assistive technologies that may help children be more independent in their homes. These assistive technologies can help with everyday tasks, such as turning the lights off and on or operating a television or radio.
Adaptive Wheelchair Seating and Mobility
Children who require wheelchairs or mobility systems are referred to the Good Shepherd Wheelchair and Adaptive Seating Clinic at the RJ Foundation Mobility Center. There, children are evaluated for proper seating and positioning, which provides maximum safety and comfort.
Good Shepherd's Pediatric Rehabilitation Program provides switch-adapted toys, as well as many options for switch access.
Equipment and Bracing
Good Shepherd's Pediatric Equipment and Bracing Clinics connect children with disabilities and functional challenges with appropriate equipment to improve their comfort, independence and everyday function.
- To participate in the Equipment Clinic, your child must receive a physician's prescription for an "Physical Therapy Evaluation."
- To participate in the Bracing Clinic, your child will need a physician's prescription for a "Physical Therapy Bracing Evaluation."
To learn more about Pediatric Assistive Technology or to refer a patient, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
Good Shepherd specializes in the use of rehabilitation technologies to maximize function and improve the well-being of our patients.
The NTrainer System®
The NTrainer System®, is the first in-market FDA-approved technology that helps pre-term infants learn to suck on a pacifier, and then ultimately to drink from a bottle or the breast. Good Shepherd Pediatrics is the only pediatric rehabilitation hospital east of Nebraska using the system.
Appropriate diagnoses Include:
- Chronic lung disease
- Cleft lip/palate
- Down syndrome
- Feeding tube dependence
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
- Premature birth
The ZeroG® Gait and Balance System, a state-of-the-art device available in the Health & Technology Center in Allentown, allows therapists to practice intensive physical therapy earlier in a child's outpatient rehabilitation. Using an overhead track and harness system, the ZeroG® allows patients to safely practice skills such as walking, crawling and stair climbing.
ZeroG can be used for a wide range of patients with all levels of traumatic injuries and acquired or congenital disorders, including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Incomplete spinal cord injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Spina bifida
- Stroke and spinal stroke
- Traumatic brain injury
The Vital Stim® Therapy System provides safe and effective treatment for patients experiencing dysphagia or difficulty swallowing. Good Shepherd provides innovative dysphagia and feeding therapy for children of all ages who have difficulty swallowing, are feeding-tube dependent and/or have difficulty advancing food textures. Good Shepherd is one of the few institutions in the area that provides this mode of therapy to children.
Interactive Metronome® (IM) Services use patented technology based on rhythm and timing to improve your child's attention and coordination. Interactive Metronome trains the brain to plan, sequence, and process information more effectively. Wearing a headset that delivers a computer-generated beat, trainees repeat a series of precise hand and foot exercises. IM can be used to help children and teens better deal with ADHD and other challenges.
To learn more about Rehabilitation Technology or to refer a patient, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.