Technology for neurological disorders

Lately I’ve been playing Playstation 4 games… badly. I’ve been playing Detroit: Become Human, Sims 4, Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain, Beyond: 2 Souls and Until Dawn. They’re difficult, but not too difficult, and they help me work on my fine motor control. I’ve also got a Wii Fit and VR headset that I pull out from time to time. Video games have been helpful for my neurological rehabilitation.

It was trial and error to work out what I could and couldn’t do. Everyone has different symptoms and different levels of neurological damage, so it’s something you need to figure out for yourself. It’s also a great idea to consult a physical therapist about what technologies might be helpful.

I’ve searched online for tools to make our life easier. We’ve bought things for the house like a dishwasher, clothes dryer, robot vacuum cleaner, a one cup hot water dispenser recommended by Katie, or a trippelstoel (which is like an electric office chair with brakes – not sure what they’re called in English).

Something I haven’t tried but really want to is saebo neuron gaming. saeboReJoyce is a computerized task oriented training system used to practice gross and fine hand movements, and saeboVR is a virtual reality system that focuses on real life tasks like gardening or preparing food. There’s also the readi steadi glove, which is an anti tremor orthopedic glove.

A great application for speech therapy is lingraphica for iPad/iPhone. There are videos of lip and mouth exercises and short English sentences. You can practice speaking by reading out loud. I recommend children’s books. The sentences are usually shorter and the words are simple with less syllables.

You can practice hand writing here, and here, to improve fine hand motion and control. I’ve never used this process but you can import any PDFs into an application called notability then you can write on it using an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro.

ALS, stroke, Parkinson’s and traumatic brain injury are just a few neurological disorders that could benefit from technology. Games, appliances and applications can make a huge difference in rehabilitation.

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