May 27 2014
A course in assistive technology helps speech therapists know which of the latest technologies can best help their clients to function, some independently. The devices that are available to them cover a lot of ground. They learn about joysticks, mouses, adapted keyboards, cell phones and other devices that assist those with disabilities. The goal is to help clients find a way to make up for their lack of motor skills. There are also technologies to help those who are hearing or visually impaired.
One of the reasons continuing education is so important for speech therapists who want to advise patients about technology is that technologies are constantly changing. Those who do not take these courses often find themselves at a disadvantage since they are not able to give sound advice about the latest technologies. They can also use this knowledge to help satisfy continuing education requirements in their individual states. The number of continuing education hours differs from state to state, but most states require a minimum amount of hours in order for speech therapists to renew their licenses.