Head Switches To Eye Gaze Technology via a crisis or two! This case study looks at how eye gaze technology was used to support the recording needs of a pupil with athetoid cerebral palsy in a mainstream junior school.
The pupil used two head switches during her progression through Foundation and Key Stage 1. But as a bright and able student, her school staff wanted to speed up her access in responding to the full curriculum at Key Stage 2.
This case study relates the ups and downs of introducing eye gaze to both pupil and school staff; the relevance of the skills she had already acquired in using head switches; the influence of the reactions of support staff; and the importance of positioning, calibration and appropriate software packages — especially the modifications required to meet this pupil’s specific needs in what is currently a successful use of this technology in a mainstream county school.