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    Hi All,

    Hope someone can help me out with this. I recently met a young lady that is in 4th grade and is a C3. She seems to have many needs right now for independence on the computer. She is currently using a TrackerPro and a laptop to access the web and Google Docs but it doesn't look like that is cutting it. There must be better eye gaze systems or something. I would like to get some ideas to pass along to the family or her team if possible.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Can she speak? Use something like Dragon Dictate?

    Does she have an IEP for school? Her parents should have input into the IEP, and there should be a provision for school services to provide consultation on technology interventions that meet her individual needs, esp. for use for school work.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      She does speak and has used Dragon and she uses her tracker system to dwell and click over the onboard Mac/Windows keyboard.
      She does have an IEP for school andt they are trialing all kinds of tech for her.

      I really shouldn't get involved but I can't help it. I know there is so much more she could do independently. I have also contacted a local organization that specializes in helping kids with physical disabilities....their assistive technology team is awesome.

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      • #4
        It is great that you are helping get her connected to resources in your community. Sounds like she is getting appropriate help at school too.

        (KLD)
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        • #5
          You can combine dragon and mouse hardware like a head mouse, instead of dwell clicking use the words "mouse click". Dwell clicking is a pain and things like a sip/puff system can replace it, head mouse can be ordered with this option.

          Eye gaze is over rated especially with dwell clicking, rest yuor eyes on an item and it gets clicked. With head mouse you keep your head still and your eyes can still move to read.

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          • #6
            Makes sense mrb, thanks, I can see how the eye gaze could be tiring. Head mouse/Dragon combo seem to be less fatiguing and faster.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Domosoyo View Post
              Makes sense mrb, thanks, I can see how the eye gaze could be tiring. Head mouse/Dragon combo seem to be less fatiguing and faster.
              Head mouse and sip/puff is the easiest and fastest option in my experience (c3 complete, vented) you can also connect one of the big button switches to the head mouse, it is ok for click/double click but not right click. It is easy to mount to your head rest but needs careful positioning to avoid accidental clicks. An on screen keyboard can be used to type instead of dragon, some have predictive text which can be a big time saver.

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              • #8
                There are also mouth driven mouses (mice??) such as the Joust and QuadJoy.

                (KLD)
                The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                  There are also mouth driven mouses (mice??) such as the Joust and QuadJoy.

                  (KLD)
                  I've never tried these always been put off by how difficult it would be to position and how to get to it as I slump or spasm in the chair and how difficult it would be to voice dictate. Would like to give them a try though.

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                  • #10
                    Yes, finding a good way to mount these can be and issue. It's the Jouse, not the Joust. Sorry for the error.

                    (KLD)
                    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    • #11
                      I've used a simple flexible goose neck to mount mine. Works well and can be repositioned at will while still being stiff enough to hold its form. Can mount onto wheelchair or nearby table.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tyr View Post
                        I've used a simple flexible goose neck to mount mine. Works well and can be repositioned at will while still being stiff enough to hold its form. Can mount onto wheelchair or nearby table.
                        What happens when you spasm and move in the chair? I have my microphone on a gooseneck and am always moving away from it and getting my carers to reposition me or the mic. Mic isn't super critical to be in the right place but I'd imagine that a mouth operated mouse has less room for error.

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                        • #13
                          That's a more difficult problem. You could try hanger wire as a lighter version of the gooseneck and mount to over-ear headphones. Then when your head moves it will move.

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                          • #14
                            Hmm, don't really want head phones but it got me thinking about the problem I have slumping away from my chair chin control, I'm about to test a Switch-it neck harness mount fixed to me so it will move with me as I move around.Could maybe fasten a thinner gooseneck to where chin joystick usually fixes. Will have to see how this trial goes. http://switchit-inc.com/product/bdn3...n3-chin-mount/

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                            • #15
                              I like it! Good luck!

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