People with disabilities in technology; Brain damage--Patients--Rehabilitation; Personalized medicine; Tablet computers; iPad (Computer); Smartphones; iPhone (Smartphone); Educational Web sites
Long-term cognitive deficits resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI) can profoundly impact a person’s role competence and ability to perform daily activities (AOTA, 2014a). Mobile technologies, including smartphones and tablets, have shown potential as effective compensatory aids for memory and executive functioning in individuals with TBI (Waite, 2012). A website was created to provide caregivers tools to independently select, program, and use Apple iOS devices with TBI survivors. The website featured five tutorials for iOS applications, one tutorial for an iOS accessibility feature, and tips for teaching application use to individuals with TBI. It also included general information on the effects of TBI and ways iOS devices might be adapted for TBI survivors. The website was piloted with five people to assess its effectiveness. Piloters completed a quiz on website content and provided feedback and suggestions for expansion. Resources that encourage using everyday technology to improve the match between a person’s abilities, the environment, and occupational demands may help individuals with TBI increase occupational engagement and performance.
Tatiana Kaminsky, PhD, OTR/L
Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Date of Completion
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Date of Award
University of Puget Sound