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An Evaluation of the Physical Impact of Two Different Access Methods to Communicate on Two Children

Session 
8.1b
Clinical
  • Will Wade
Summary

Little is known of the physical impact of accessing communication aids. It is considered, for example, that eye-gaze technology leads to less fatigue or stress than alternative access methods but we have little factual evidence for this.

The Kent CAT service are currently evaluating the intervention of two different access methods in two children that are undergoing assessment. The evaluation will involve looking more in-depth than we normally can at objective factors such as stress, fatigue and posture, using support from the Movement Performance group at Oxford Brookes University. This presentation will outline the evaluation and initial findings.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
Child
Interest 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC