Thursday, July 28, 2016

Designing assistive technology

In an article from makezine.com, Brian Goral, the CEO and co-founder of Furenexo, offers his insight on creating technology to use with people with disabilities. His company is manufacturing a device called SoundSense, a small device that people with hearing loss can wear to recognize loud sounds and alerts. In the article, Goral discusses why he decided to make devices for people with disabilities and how to go about learning about their needs.

Read the article at:
http://makezine.com/2016/07/27/why-we-decided-to-make-devices-for-people-with-disabilities/

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Could Alzheimer's detection be just a sniff away?

According to an article on NPR Shots, two studies are looking into using your nose to detect Alzheimer's. The studies asked patients who were 60 or older to try to identify foods, smoke, etc. just from their scent. The goal is to create an inexpensive test for doctors to use to help with early detection of this form of dementia.

To read more about it, please visit:
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/26/487391863/a-sniff-test-for-alzheimers-checks-for-the-ability-to-identify-odors

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Memory and Alzheimer's

A post from Open Culture spotlights a short video produced by cut.com that has asked six people with early stages of Alzheimer's disease which memories they would never want to forget. Ranging from age 48 to 70, the interviewees discuss the most precious times in their lives, the recent past being more difficult to remember than their childhood.

To read the post and watch the video, please visit:
http://www.openculture.com/2016/07/people-with-alzheimers-tell-us-which-memories-they-never-want-to-forget.html

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Swaha


Swaha is a great app for creating social stories using your own voice to narrate! Simply take pictures, then in the app, narrate each one and swipe to the next. Young kids can use it, people with brain injuries or dementia can use it or anyone who might need a little help remembering how to do something.

For more information about this app, please visit:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id926110666

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Using mixed methods research synthesis for literature reviews


Using mixed methods research synthesis for literature reviews offers 344 pages of step-by-step instruction for conducting a mixed methods research synthesis (MMRS). Part of SAGE's Mixed Methods Research Series, this book is written by two professors and a postdoctoral fellow who all teach methodology courses.

The book is written for master's and doctoral students learning about literature reviews and mixed methods. It offers introductory material for MMRS literature reviews and several chapters on how to conduct them step by step. Challenges, questions for thought, exercises and further reading suggestions accompany each chapter. Strategies on how to write your report and disseminate it along with reflections on the methods and future directions are also discussed.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The out-of-sync child grows up: Coping with sensory processing disorder in the adolescent and young adult years


In The out-of-sync child grows up: Coping with sensory processing disorder in the adolescent and young adult years, the author offers information and advice for individuals with sensory processing disorder as well as parents, teachers, and other professionals on working with teens and young adults with SPD. The 320-page book is full of first-person accounts of young people with SPD learning which areas of life make them uncomfortable, from noise to lights to personal hygiene, and working through it.

The book is written in four parts: Focusing on Sensory Processing Disorder, Coping with Daily Activities, Coping with Relationships, and Living an "In-Sync" Life. Focusing on SPD highlights facts about the disorder and our eight senses. Coping with Activities is full of strategies and tips for tackling such topics as specific hygiene areas, sleeping and noise. Coping with Relationships offers ideas and tips for engaging family members, peers, and romantic partners. Living an "In-Sync" Life discusses treatments for SPD and moving into adult life.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The long hello: Memory, my mother, and me


The long hello: Memory, my mother, and me is a 236-page memoir from a daughter who spent seven years caring for her mother with Alzheimer's. The book is beautifully written with heart-wrenching passages, that are painful to read and uplifting at the same time. Although haunting, the prose is, at times, almost lyrical.

In short excerpts, we get a glimpse into the life of a woman caring for her mother who doesn't always remember who she is. We are privy to Borrie's memories of growing up with a distant, alcoholic father as well as learning about her beloved only brother's brutal death at a very young age. Interspersed with her mother's increasingly random conversations, the story of the author's past gets told in a halting progression through the crushing anxiety of watching her mother's deterioration to Borrie's eventual acceptance of her mother's passing.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check it out or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.