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From Cause and Effect to Communication, with Eye Gaze

Session 
4.5c
ST
  • Sandra Thistlethwaite (Inclusive Technology Ltd)
Summary

This paper describes the learning journey of a group of young students and their teams following their first steps with eye-gaze. We aim to show that even when traditional communication grids do not meet needs, with the right activities, design and content, students can achieve success, be motivated and make progress with communication and independence.

We will describe the results of the investigation into a range of activities that are fun and easy to use with eye-gaze. In addition, we will explore a series of progressive activities created to take students on their journey to functional communication and participation.

Method/Activities/Techniques

Visits to schools and student homes. Planning meetings with the 'team' around the student. Video record keeping. A review of software titles for suitability with eye-gaze. Creation of early interaction/communication activities.

Results/Findings

We believe that enabling easy access and providing relevant content, plus variety and structure, has helped motivate all the students to use their communication device functionally and effectively. Providing a template of activities has helped teams plan their intervention and make relevant resources.

Conclusions

Share resources created plus creation of further ideas and activities. Continued observation of students' progress. Investigate use of resources with other access methods.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
2
5
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