VocaliD: Creating Unique Voices for Nonverbal People

There are many forms of adaptive technology that give voices to non-verbal people. Famously, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is able to talk by moving only one muscle in his cheek. He has an infrared sensor on his glasses that can pick up on muscle movement; this is connected to a computer with advanced word prediction…

Dental Care for Children with Disabilities

For many parents of children with disabilities, pediatric dental care may be low on their list of concerns. However, children with disabilities are almost twice as likely to develop oral health problems. This is not simply a result of parental distraction – a variety of physical, behavioral, and emotional conditions can play a role (1)….

How can robots help people with physical disabilities?

Until recently, wearable robotic devices that could enhance a user’s physical abilities were largely the stuff of science fiction. Real-life prototypes existed, but were too costly, cumbersome, and uncomfortable for  “practical,” everyday use. However, new research hints at an imminent revolution in the design of robotic exoskeletons and other devices. Here, we review two studies…

Congratulations to Julia LiPuma, Winner of the 2017 Birth Trauma, Neonatal Injury and Disability Scholarship!

Reiter & Walsh, P.C. is happy to announce that Julia LiPuma of Wayne, New Jersey is the recipient of the 3rd annual Birth Trauma, Neonatal Injury and Disability scholarship. Julia was born 10 weeks prematurely. She had a brain bleed at birth, resulting in a diagnosis of periventricular leukomalacia, and later, spastic diplegic cerebral palsy….

Will My Child Need 24-Hour Care? Considerations for Round-The-Clock-Care in Children with Birth Injuries

Children with neurological dysfunction due to brain injury at birth may have a range of health complications. In some cases, children with milder brain injuries may have less severe impairments, but in other cases, the extent of disability may be more severe. Health situations can change as children grow, as well. For example, the brain…

How to Help Socialize Children with Developmental Disabilities

Children with developmental disabilities often struggle to interact with their peers. Many experience difficulty understanding nonverbal communication such as social cues and body language. It is important to have realistic expectations for your child’s level of socialization because social interaction can induce anxiety more for some children than for others. Some questions to ask yourself…

Mealtime Tips for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders

Parents of children with developmental disabilities or autism often encounter many obstacles when trying to provide their child with a balanced diet that they won’t reject. Parents often discover that their child has an affinity for or detests certain foods. Their food preferences often fit into one of these four categories: Sweet Salty Sour Bitter…

Disability Travel and Entertainment Guides

Traveling with a disability can be overwhelming, but can be made more easily accessible for people with a variety of disabilities by following some tips and getting help from well-informed groups and travel agencies. 8 Tips for Traveling with a Disability Discuss the trip with your doctor. Make sure you specify where you will be…

9 Apps for Children with Special Needs

In recent years, software companies and parents have worked to develop many apps that utilize modern technology such as iPhones and iPads for the benefit of people with cerebral palsy. Technology is not a one-fits-all approach for all types of disabilities, but it can help some people with disabilities to better connect with the world…