Assistive, Therapeutic, and Support Technologies
Includes 14 Titles

Assistive, Therapeutic, and Support Technologies

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Improvements in medical care with the use of assistive and support technologies will play an important role in the future of medical technology. This essential book bundle of 14 scholarly titles covers topics on educational technologies, medical and healthcare technologies, social technologies, human computer interaction, and much more. It is an exciting resource for students, scholars, and healthcare providers with a desire to learn more on the impact technology will have on the future of healthcare.
Release date: February 1, 2012
ISBN13: 9781466603448|EISBN13: 9781466603431


Technological advancements will affect the future of healthcare by meeting the increased need for assistive and support technologies, which enable elder adults to live independently.

The Assistive, Therapeutic, and Support Technologies book bundle provides modern research that supports the development and transformation of medical technologies. This compilation of 14 scholarly publications covers topics on educational technologies, medical and healthcare technologies, social technologies, human computer interaction, and much more. These titles represent IGI Global's innovative coverage on the impact and use of technology in the healthcare field.

Topics Covered

  • Adaptive & Complex Systems
  • Applied E-Learning
  • Biomedical Technologies
  • Blended & Mobile Learning
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Computer-Mediated-Communication
  • Digital Divide & Developing Countries
  • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Human Aspects of Technology

Books Included in this Collection

Intelligent and Adaptive Learning Systems: Technology Enhanced Support for Learners and Teachers
Sabine Graf (Athabasca University, Canada), Fuhua Lin (Athabasca University, Canada), Kinshuk (Athabasca University, Canada), Rory McGreal (Athabasca University, Canada). © 2012. 424 pages.
Technology enhanced learning takes place in many different forms and contexts, including formal and informal settings, individual and collaborative learning, learning in the classroom, at home, at work, and outdoor in real life situations, as well as desktop-based learning and learning by using mobile...
Communication Technology for Students in Special Education and Gifted Programs
Joan E. Aitken (Park University, USA), Joy Pedego Fairley (University of Missouri - Kansas City, USA), Judith K. Carlson (Rockhurst University, USA). © 2012. 399 pages.
Communication technology provides new opportunities for individuals with special needs, facilitating assistive communication, increasing mobility, offering a different model of engagement, and allowing new forms of exploration. However, many people learn about these new technologies haphazardly through...
Sustainable Language Support Practices in Science Education: Technologies and Solutions
Felicia Zhang (University of Canberra, Australia), Brett Andrew Lidbury (Australian National University, Australia), Alice Marion Richardson (University of Canberra, Australia), Brian Francis Yates (University of Tasmania, Australia), Michael Guy Gardiner (University of Tasmania, Australia), Adam James Bridgeman (University of Sydney, Australia), Jurgen Schulte (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia), John Cameron Rodger (University of Newcastle, Australia), Karen Elizabeth Mate (University of Newcastle, Australia). © 2012. 266 pages.
The effective communication of science through language, including reading, writing, listening, speaking, and visual representation, is an essential part of scientific learning, understanding, and practice. Language is the medium by which scientific reasoning occurs, whether be it formal language or...
Disabled Students in Education: Technology, Transition, and Inclusivity
David Moore (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK), Andrea Gorra (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK), Mike Adams (Essex Coalition of Disabled People, UK), John Reaney (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK), Helen Smith (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK). © 2012. 372 pages.
There can be little doubt that the rapid technological developments that have characterized the decades since the middle of the 19th century have given great scope for improving the quality of life of disabled people. Disabled Students in Education: Technology, Transition, and Inclusivity reports on 15...
Online Guidance and Counseling: Toward Effectively Applying Technology
B.I. Popoola (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria), O.F. Adebowale (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria). © 2012. 356 pages.
Though there is a wide range of educational methodology practiced around the world, guidance and counseling must adapt to whatever conditions support educational practices, and Web technology is an exceedingly important tool in educational guidance support. Online Guidance and Counseling: Toward...
Technology Enhanced Learning for People with Disabilities: Approaches and Applications
Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain), Jingyuan Zhao (Harbin Institute of Technology, China), Robert D. Tennyson (University of Minnesota, USA). © 2011. 276 pages.
One of the most meaningful application domains of technology enhanced learning (TEL) is related to the adoption of learning technologies and designs for people with disabilities. Significant research has been conducted on technology enhanced learning for people with disabilities and assistive learning...
Intelligent Technologies for Bridging the Grey Digital Divide
Jeffrey Soar (University of Southern Queensland, Australia), Rick Swindell (Griffith University, Australia), Philip Tsang (The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong). © 2011. 390 pages.
Technology has great potential to assist seniors and others with special needs in better managing their health, maintaining active and productive lives, enabling independent living, reducing risk, and compensating for cognitive and physical decline. Intelligent Technologies for Bridging the Grey...
Handbook of Research on Personal Autonomy Technologies and Disability Informatics
Javier Pereira (University of A Coruna, Spain). © 2011. 462 pages.
Information technologies constitute a very important contribution to the integration of a population into its environment.  Unfortunately, in most cases the development of new technologies does not consider the special needs of potentially disabled users. The Handbook of Research on Personal Autonomy...
User-Driven Healthcare and Narrative Medicine: Utilizing Collaborative Social Networks and Technologies
Rakesh Biswas (People’s College of Medical Sciences, India), Carmel Mary Martin (Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada). © 2011. 642 pages.
E-healthcare, Health 2.0, and user driven healthcare are steadily increasing in popularity among patients and healthcare professionals. In spite of this, there is surprisingly little written about the wealth of information available on the Web created by individual healthcare users, in terms of their...
E-Health, Assistive Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living: Challenges and Solutions
Carsten Röcker (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Martina Ziefle (RWTH Aachen University, Germany). © 2011. 392 pages.
E-health technologies will play an increasingly important role in the coming years, as more and more older people will require medical care and support. Due to the prevalent demographic changes and the continuously decreasing number of nursing staff and caregivers, there is an increased need for...
Assistive and Augmentive Communication for the Disabled: Intelligent Technologies for Communication, Learning and Teaching
Lau Bee Theng (Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia). © 2011. 344 pages.
Assistive and augmentive communication is an emerging research area receiving much support from the disabled community. It enables communication for those with impairments or restrictions on the production or comprehension of spoken or written language. Assistive and Augmentive Communication for the...
Computer Synthesized Speech Technologies: Tools for Aiding Impairment
John Mullennix (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, USA), Steven Stern (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, USA). © 2010. 342 pages.
While the use of technology to compensate for individual shortcomings is nothing new, there has been tremendous progress in the application of technology toward assisting individuals with disabilities, particularly with the use of computer synthesized speech (CSS) to help speech impaired people...
Multimodal Human Computer Interaction and Pervasive Services
Patrizia Grifoni (Istituto di Ricerca sulla Popolazione - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy). © 2009. 538 pages.
The use of multimodality combined with mobile devices allows a simple, intuitive communication approach and generates new and pervasive services for users. Multimodal Human Computer Interaction and Pervasive Services provides theoretical and practical concepts, methodologies, and applications used to...
User-Centered Computer Aided Language Learning
Panayiotis Zaphiris (City University of London, UK), Giorgos Zacharia (Open Ratings, Inc., USA). © 2006. 335 pages.
In the field of computer aided language learning (CALL), there is a need for emphasizing the importance of the user. User-Centered Computer Aided Language Learning presents methodologies, strategies, and design approaches for building interfaces for a user-centered CALL environment, creating a deeper...