Yesterday we delivered our first Motor Neurone disease Study day here at the Barnsley Assistive Technology Team. This was developed in response to increasing demand from professionals in or area for training around assistive technology for this client group.
Helen Robinson and Marcus Friday presented to a wide range of professionals from across the region, including; Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Regional Care Development Advisors from the MND Association.
We covered Alternative and Augmentative Communication methods and Environmental Controls, with a mix of teaching, discussion and hands on exploration of the equipment. We also shared some of the initial data from a recent focus group with people living with MND and their carers at SiTRAN in Sheffield, which was lead by Simon Judge from our team.
We were joined by our guest speaker, Jennifer Benson, Speech and Language Therapist, who kindly came along to tell us about her experience of using the Model Talker speech synthesis software. Jennifer is soon jetting off to Orlando, Florida, to talk about this process and we are sure they will be as impressed with her presentation as we were!
The day generated lots of discussion around assistive technology for people with MND and we received some fantastic verbal feedback from attendees at the end of the day.
The MND study day is one of the many training opportunities we are currently offering. For details of further courses and workshops please visit our website page: www.barnsleyhospital.nhs.uk/assistive-technology/services/training-courses/