One of our fantastic girls who is waiting for her own eye gaze device to be approved by insurance was recently working with her SLP. We’re crunched for time as she is already 19 and we’re trying to make sure she can use as many features of the device as possible before she graduates. She’s been working on reading, writing with Unity and the keyboard, and navigating out of the communication software to launch other applications and then back into her communication software.
This week she had asked to play a game so her SLP helped her navigate to the LooktoLearn software. She chose “Paper, Scissors, Stone” and appeared to be having fun. After a couple of minutes, her SLP navigated back to the NuVoice software in case the student had something to say. And she did! She said “play fun, stop talk!” It was fantastic! She’s only been using the device for a month during trial sessions and to hear her say this sentence was amazing! She obviously got to go back to her game!
**Side Note – With our eye gaze users, we never leave the students alone with games. A communication partner is always next to the student and frequently opens the communication software to talk about the game or ask the student what they want to do next. We try very hard to make sure our students have dedicated communication devices, but some of our students who use eye gaze rarely get to control things by themselves. It makes it hard to say “no” when they ask to play. **