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Assistive and Adaptive Technology

Assistive or adaptive technology commonly refers to  '...products, devices or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities'

Assistance or adaptive technology is sometimes divided into high tech (uses electronic equipment) and low tech (does not use electronic equipment).

Many interventions which use assistive or adaptive technology also appear in other types of intervention. For example, some behavioural interventions (such as theory of mind training, video modelling, and visual schedules) rely on technology for their delivery.

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