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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is a generic term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities.

Assistive technology for people who have mental health disabilities can help them cope with daily challenges such as organization, remembering key dates or events, or calming themselves.

Electronic or paper planners help remind people of appointments and to-do lists.

Soothers are objects or devices that a person uses to stay calm. Soothers include electronic devices such as sound machines, but can be something as simple as a stone carried in the hand or pocket. Everyone has ways of coping with anxiety, stress, and other strong emotions. You can talk to the person about what works best for them.

Service animals can help a person stay calm and connected to their environment. Some animals provide comfort through companionship and physical contact, or by intervening when a person is experiencing increasing anxiety.  People who experience hallucinations may use a service animal to gauge what is happening in their environment and confirm that things are safe.

Digital reminders, including pagers and watches, can help a person stick to a medication schedule. They can also help the person make it to appointments, work, and meetings on time.

Mp3 players and CD players or even ear plugs can block out the noise from other people when a person becomes anxious.  These soothers can be helpful in group settings.