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Research Article  |   May 2007
Training Needs of Pediatric Occupational Therapists in Assistive Technology
Author Affiliations
  • Toby M. Long, PhD, PT, is Director of Training, Division of Physical Therapy, Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, 3300 Whitehaven Parkway NW, Washington, DC 20007; longt@georgetown.edu
  • Maria Woolverton, BA, is Research Associate, Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, Washington, DC
  • Deborah F. Perry, MS, PhD, is Director, Women's and Children's Health Policy Center, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • M. Janet Thomas, MEd, OTR/L, is Director of Clinical Services, Division of Occupational Therapy, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Article Information
Assistive Technology / Education of OTs and OTAs / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Assistive Technology and Pediatrics
Research Article   |   May 2007
Training Needs of Pediatric Occupational Therapists in Assistive Technology
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2007, Vol. 61, 345-354. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.3.345
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2007, Vol. 61, 345-354. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.3.345
Abstract

The training of providers working with children who need assistive technology devices or services has not kept pace with the explosion of new, more sophisticated assistive technology devices now available. This article reports on a national survey of 272 pediatric occupational therapists, who responded to questions about their training needs in the area of assistive technology and delivering assistive technology services. A sizable percentage of these therapists reported less-than-adequate training in policies governing assistive technology services and the organization and function of the service system. The therapists would like training that is accessible and affordable in the areas of funding of technology and services; collaborating with families and other service providers; and accessing reliable, knowledgeable vendors. These findings underscore the need to develop pre-service and in-service training in assistive technology for providers who work with children who have disabilities.