10 Dec Carolina Pediatric Therapy Gets Google Glass
December 10, 2013
Carolina Pediatric Therapy
9 Summit Ave., Ste. B
Asheville, NC 28803
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carolina Pediatric Therapy Gets Google Glass
The Technology Shows Promise for Helping Children With Special Needs
Asheville, NC: Carolina Pediatric Therapy is participating in the Google Glass Explorer Program in hopes of enhancing the services they provide to children with special needs and their families.
The program offers people a chance to try out the new technology and help determine how it can be used to benefit both individuals and businesses. As part of the Explorer program, Carolina Pediatric Therapy will be able to use Google Glass while they treat children with a variety of special needs.
Google Glass looks like something from a science fiction film, and it has the potential to take therapy services to a whole new level. The hands-free device, worn like a pair of glasses with a small lens on the front, can be used completely hands-free or operated via a small touchpad on the side of the frame. It works much like a smartphone in some ways, allowing users to record video, snap photos, and look up things like maps and directions. Google Glass goes beyond being a wearable, voice-activated mini-computer, however. It allows people to connect in ways they haven’t been able to before.
Carolina Pediatric Therapy provides a wide range of services, from audiology evaluations to physical therapy, and the connection between therapists, caregivers and children receiving services is essential. Google Glass offers a new way to strengthen these connections. It’s easy to miss a milestone while you reach for your camera, turn it on, and press record. With Google Glass, all a therapist has to do is say one brief phrase, and others can watch what’s happening in real time. Parents often want to be part of therapy sessions, but it’s common for children to perform differently when they’re around. Google Glass could solve that problem, and allow others involved in the child’s treatment to “sit in” on a session without disrupting the child’s comfort or concentration.
The technology shows promise for children with sensory and social difficulties as well. Imagine being able to have a therapist observe a child in his home environment in real time, without having to be present in the home. A child could wear the device at home or at school, allowing therapists to see exactly where and when his challenges arise, and observing his strengths so that they can be incorporated into his treatment plan. Google Glass can be controlled remotely as well, allowing parents and therapists to make the experience truly interactive.
For more information about Carolina Pediatric Therapy and their work with Google Glass, call the office at (828) 670-8056 or visit their web site at carolinapeds.com.