Easter Seals Greater Houston, Childrens Therapy and BridgingApps programs are pleased to offer Assistive Technology Services in Texas (Houston, The Woodlands, and Stafford). Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive Technology can be anything from low tech communication boards, to high tech communication devices, iPads, or switches. The AT Lab services vary for each location. Please contact us for pricing or to learn more about the services provided at your nearest lab.
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Each AT lab has Open Lab Days open to the public without an appointment for visitors to explore a variety of assistive technology, including adapted toys and switches, specialized software and computer equipment, communication devices, and mobile devices and apps. Volunteers and staff are available to answer questions; however, individualized support is limited depending on the number of participants. For more information on your local AT Lab events and services, please see the individual lab information above or contact us.
Contact: Amy Fuchs
- Open Lab Days and Open House Events
- Individual Lab Appointments
- Mobile Device Services
- Full Augmentative and Alternative Communication Evaluation*
- Workshops and Presentations
The Woodlands Lab
By appointment only on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
1600 Lake Front Circle, Suite 231 The Woodlands, TX 77380
Contact: Andi Fry
1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
12300 Parc Crest Dr. Stafford, TX 77477
*Please note that the lab will be closed on the following days: June 22nd & July 13th
Contact: Tara Rocha
Individualized lab appointments with BridgingApps AT Lab staff are available to provide more in-depth information about equipment than open labs or open houses. Appointments are geared towards a clients individual needs for assistive technology. These appointments are available for one on one help, but not intended to be a full and documented assessment.
ESGHs BridgingApps program offers services specific to mobile device users. The first is an app matching service, which is done at different levels and can be based on a clients IEP, family goals, or classroom goals. The second is a comprehensive service that helps clients create a plan for the purchase and effective use of a mobile device.
BridgingApps AT Lab staff can provide informational or in-depth training sessions for your staff to learn more about adapted toys and switches, specialized software and computer equipment, communication devices, and mobile devices and apps.
Full AAC Evaluations are available for a fee and are appropriate when the clients primary concern is communication. Devices included in a Full AAC Evaluation are AAC devices such as Tobiidynavox and PrentkeRomich, mobile devices such as an iPad or iPod Touch and communication apps such as Proloquo2Go and TouchChat, as well as other AAC options. Because these evaluations are not typically covered by insurance, Easter Seals Greater Houston only accepts a self-pay rate of $400. (In some cases, a limited number of evaluations can be covered by grant funding.*) The evaluation includes a language assessment, device trials, an evaluation report, guidance during the purchasing process, and one follow up appointment. In most instances, full AAC evaluations are done at our central Houston location. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
* If you have concerns about your child’s communication skills and want to request an AAC evaluation please call: 713-838-9050 ext. 381 or send an email to DOfczarzak@EasterSealsHouston.org for more information.