Assistive technology interventions to support children

We have released an evidence snapshot looking at effectiveness of assistive technology interventions to support children. 

This snapshot focuses on supporting children younger than 9 years old with assistive technology, who have:

  • physical or intellectual disability or developmental delay
  • goals focused on communication, mobility, and participation.

Assistive technology can be any equipment, device, product or software that:

  • helps children to do things more easily and safely
  • allows them to explore their environment, build independence and enhance socialisation 
  • improves the quality of life for children, their families and carers. 

We undertook a systematic search of published literature databases to identify systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses, scoping reviews or evidence-based guidelines.

The systematic search identified 34 reviews to include in the evidence snapshot.

  • Fourteen reviews looked at the effectiveness of assistive technology for communication and language.
  • Fifteen reviews included assistive technology to assist movement and improve overall mobility. 
  • Five reviews explored supports for comfort and independence at home.

This snapshot talks about:

  • the importance of early assistive technology intervention
  • the effectiveness of assistive technology for:
    • communication and language
    •  mobility
    • at home and in the community
  • the limits of available research and identifies areas for future research.

This evidence snapshot has informed the development of our guides for supporting your child with assistive technology

This page current as of
17 January 2024
Indicates required field
Was this page useful?*
Why not?