This is one of the younger students in the second year of the project. She is using a Tobii system with the light tech or Dynamic Boards imported to the device. She is communicating with her eyes . This is early on, learning how to use the device and transitioning from the light tech boards. Notice how even early on in the process she is navigating to her pages. Important for users when transitioning to devices is the opportunity to communicate about fun and motivating activities for her it was all about play!
In this video segment one of the students is using the ECO Point system ( from PRC) on trial. She is using her eyes to carry on a simple phone conversation. When she looks at the item on the screen, it activates that item. You can see it working in the video, as when it lights up and speaks she is looking at the item. She was introduced to the phone conversation the day before. This her second day seeing and using the conversation. She was able to transfer the skills she had in the greeting conversation to the phone conversation. The persistent use of her light tech communication book and the many lessons centered around conversations helped Nika to immediately transfer those skills to a high tech communication system. Videotaping of trials and lessons is key to showing others what students can do. Often students who have access issues and communication issues can rarely perform under pressure or for an audience of unfamiliar people. Videotaping within these activities shows what students are capable of without the pressure and excitement that is often present when the team is coming to evaluate.
In this segment the students have just watched a video of two typical peers having a quick hello conversation. Video Modeling is one method we use to introduce conversation lessons. A follow up lesson is demonstrated in this segment. Students were asked after they watched the video if they could find something in their communication books ( specifically on their greetings page) that the peers said. You will also notice "On the Fly-Coaching" Rather than spending days on workshops and instruction, we opted for in class coaching to make efficient use of my time, in the classroom. Coaching paired with scripted lessons helped get Rachel ( an incredibly talented teacher) up to speed on how to implement the communication books and lessons within the classroom. In real activities, I model or coach Rachel as necessary on what to do if there are questions. This method resolves issues quickly and within the real situation where the learning is taking place.