As a parent of a son with Aspergerâ€™s and a son with Down syndrome, Cristen Reat is always looking for ways to use technology and apps to help her children in their daily lives. Cristen co-founded BridgingApps, a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston, to help create a community of parents, therapists, doctors, teachers, and people with disabilities who share information about using mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) to improve the lives of people with special needs.
Caring for someone who has a disability, chronic illness, disease or injury can be demanding and overwhelming, but an extra pair of hands can be as close as the smart phone in your pocket. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, therapist, parent of a child with a disability or even a spouse of someone who had a stroke, there are many types of apps that can be used to manage information, assist with communication and improve health outcomes.
BridgingApps helps people of all ages and abilities learn how the devices they use every day can be leveraged to improve their physical, cognitive, and social outcomes. By providing app reviews based on skills, rather than age or diagnoses, caregivers and professionals can focus first on identifying the skills they are looking to address (such as writing or communication), and then on ways to use mobile devices and apps to develop and improve them.
We recently shared how BridgingApps focuses on the skills a person is looking to improve and how we match those needs to apps that may be beneficial in the Winter 2015 issue of Arkansas Hospitals Magazine (pp.22).
See the full article, and learn how we are using mobile devices and apps to help patients and their caregivers track and manage their health conditions.