Monica G. Osgood
This workshop will discuss the pros and cons of technology for individuals with sensory and motor challenges. In today’s world we have to balance the realities of the need to be proficient with technology resources, how these resources may fill communication and comprehension gaps for some and the need to preserve face to face relationships and the ability to navigate spontaneous, natural, real life experiences. Research is used to support the neurological and developmental risks of the over indulgence in technology, or alternative worlds. In contrast, the identification of skills needed for individuals to be successful, even function, in the 21st century must be recognized. Finally, the tension between understanding the benefits and risks of technology and the demands of real family life will be illustrated through testimonials.