Measuring the Outcomes of Word Cueing TechnologyBy Tam, Cynthia; Archer, Janice; Mays, Jennifer; Skidmore, Gretchen; Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 72, No. 5, pp. 301-308
Publication Date: December 2005
Paper focuses on an approach for measuring assistive technology (AT) outcomes via the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM). The COPM was administered to 29 children with physical and learning disabilities between the ages of 3.9 and 19 years. Participants were provided with WordQ, a software program designed to assist in the development of writing skills. Follow-up data were collected through telephone interviews. The findings supported the effectiveness of WordQ Version 1 as a tool to enhance written productivity, while the COPM was found to be an effective tool for measuring clients' perceived outcome of word cueing technology. The authors contend that a variety of tools and methodologies should be utilized in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the impact of assistive technology on the education of students with disabilities.
Assistive Products Discussed: WORDQ WRITING AID SOFTWARE
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (Web Site: http://www.caot.ca )