REHABILITATIVE SOFTWARE FOR HEAD TRAUMA VICTIMS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3288
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Emerson & Stern Associates
10150 Sorrento Valley Rd #210, San Diego, CA, 92121
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sandra E. Hutchins
 Principal Investigator
 (619) 457-2526
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
EACH YEAR THERE ARE 70,000 NEW HEAD TRAUMA VICTIMS WHOSE PRIMARY MEDICAL AND LONG-TERM REHABILITATION COSTS PLACE TREMENDOUS FINANCIAL BURDENS ON THEIR FAMILIES. THE NEED IS GREAT FOR LOW-COST REHABILITATION TOOLS THAT CAN BE USED IN THE HOME TO SUPPLEMENT AND PHASE I OF THIS EFFORT WILL EXPLORE THE VIABILITY OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE IMPLEMENTED ON APPLE COMPUTERS. FIVE SAMPLE MODULES THAT TEACH SOME OF THE SKILLS A KEY ELEMENT OF THE SOFTWARE DESIGN IS THE PROVISION FOR MODIFICATION BY PARENTS AND THERAPISTS UNTRAINED IN COMPUTING TO TAILOR THE PROGRAMS TO THE NEEDS AND ENVIRONMENTS OF INDIVIDUAL HEAD TRAUMA VICTIMS. TO THIS END, A PERSONALIZED USER DATABASE WILL BE CREATED. PHASE II WILL INVOLVE THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADDITIONAL MODULES AND A CONTROLLED EXPERIMENT TO DETERMINE THE EFFICACY OF THE SOFTWARE. ONE OF THE EVENTUAL OUTCOMES OF THIS PROJECT WILL BE A SOFTWARE AUTHORING SYSTEM SUITABLE TO CREATING PROGRAMS FOR OTHER REHABILITATIVE AND SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS.

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