Assistive Technology For Memory And Organization

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Consumers with ADD, LD, TBI, autism, and other disabilities can have difficulty with memory, staying focused, and keeping themselves organized. Come learn how low-tech and high-tech strategies can help them to get things done. You will learn strategies for successful use of organizational tools from day planners to personal digital assistants (PDA’s). We will introduce you to a variety of mid-tech tools that act as reminders and prompts, and help consumers to stay focused. Group activities will help you apply what you’ve learned to your own clients.

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Assistive Technology For Memory And Organization

  1. 1. Technology for Memory and Organization Fred Tchang, ATP Director, Assistive Technology Services
  2. 2. Advancing Opportunities <ul><li>Mobile AT Service </li></ul><ul><li>All disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Lending Center </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Focus on Memory and Organization? <ul><li>Clear link to difficulty at work and performing activities of daily living </li></ul><ul><li>People with these difficulties will require more support from others </li></ul>See it! Testimonial
  4. 4. Workshop Goals: <ul><li>Identify organizational tasks affected by impaired cognition </li></ul><ul><li>Relate examples of accommodations for organization </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to access resources re: accommodations for organization </li></ul>Tips! Review Handout
  5. 5. Feature Match <ul><li>Individual </li></ul><ul><li>Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Interface / Input </li></ul><ul><li>Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Output </li></ul>
  6. 6. The SETT Framework <ul><li>S = Skills </li></ul><ul><li>E = Environment </li></ul><ul><li>T = Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>T = Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted from Joy Zabala, www.joyzabala.com </li></ul>
  7. 7. Skills of the Individual <ul><li>Motor </li></ul><ul><li>Cognition/Memory/ Attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Language/Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Sensory </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Difficulty with organization, memory </li></ul><ul><li>? not paying attention, not motivated ? </li></ul><ul><li>Or , symptoms of a disability that affects Executive Function </li></ul><ul><li>includes LD, autism, ADHD, TBI </li></ul>Skills of the Individual: Executive Function
  9. 9. EF: Typical Difficulties <ul><li>Developing plans and executing them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer is overwhelmed, does not look at the big picture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organizing self and activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>papers are scattered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resist distractions and control attention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer gets off-track, no sense of time </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Environments <ul><li>Work </li></ul>Community Recreation Education Home
  11. 11. Tasks <ul><li>Keeping Appointments </li></ul><ul><li>Remembering To Do Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Staying Focused on Task at Hand </li></ul><ul><li>Following Steps in a Process </li></ul>
  12. 12. Tools
  13. 13. AT Consideration <ul><li>Discuss cases </li></ul><ul><li>Consideration Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voc. Goal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strength / Difficulties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choose spokesperson </li></ul>Apply it! In Groups
  14. 14. All Organizational Tasks <ul><li>Keep in mind the big picture: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a Commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop Routines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get Needed Support </li></ul></ul>Tools
  15. 15. All Organizational Tasks <ul><ul><li>Color Coding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Color folders / tabs / post-its </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A place for everything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Touch papers only once </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shred it! (Clear Off That Desk article) </li></ul></ul>Tools for Keeping Papers
  16. 16. <ul><li>Day Planner, Desk Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceCue </li></ul><ul><li>Timex Datalink </li></ul><ul><li>Computer / PDA </li></ul><ul><li>Appointment Tools </li></ul>See it! Testimonial Tips! Gee Whiz–Time Management Try it! Palm PDA
  17. 17. <ul><li>To Do lists </li></ul><ul><li>Day Planner, Desk Calendar To Do lists </li></ul><ul><li>Digital recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Computer / PDA (Outlook demo) </li></ul><ul><li>To Do Tools </li></ul>Tips! Plain and Simple To Do List
  18. 18. <ul><li>Watchminder </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible Clock </li></ul><ul><li>Livescribe pen </li></ul><ul><li>PEAT software on PDA (software demo) </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for Staying Focused </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Written or picture instructions </li></ul><ul><li>StepPad or recorded instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Ablelink software on PDA (Ablelink demo) </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for Following Steps </li></ul>
  20. 20. AT Consideration <ul><li>Group activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revisit your case from earlier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm accommodation solutions </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Questions?? </li></ul><ul><li>Comments?? </li></ul><ul><li>www.AssistiveTechnologyCenter.org </li></ul>

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