|Cute, cute, cute!!!!!|
Emma does pretty good with the Tobii. The eye gaze detection is really forgiving of her changes in neck control. She is pretty accurate on selecting items when she wants to communicate. We found that making the interaction a fun exercise rather than a teaching exercise greatly improved Emma's interest in using the device. For example, asking her to tell us what color she wants to use in her art activity she ignores us. Asking Emma to have the mouse knock over a horse and she can't get enough of using the device. Her team agrees that she is cognitively able to understand our request to tell us the color but that she chooses not to comply because she just doesn't want to rather than she is not capable.
Emma has mostly been using the device at school but we have taken it home on several weekends. Since Emma has off this week and we were at the end of the trial we decided to bring the device home and get another 5 days of use before the return date. Her SLP programmed a screen with a photo of me and a photo of Emma to do some turn taking activities. She did this right before she sent the device home so Emma had not seen it before. When I opened it Emma immediately loved this screen! She kept selecting my photo over and over and over and over again and looking at me each time she selected it. It was like she was so happy to finally be able to say my name! My heart melted......
We used this screen to play some games. Emma liked the game where she chose who should knock over a stack of blocks. She mostly asked me to do it, but did decide to do it herself every now and again. Here is a video I took of her using this screen.
I'm thrilled with the team that is working with us to give Emma a voice. They are amazing! And I'm thrilled with how well Emma is doing with the device after only 8 weeks. I'm not sure what is the ideal communication method for Emma yet but I see so much potential and promise in her future. For now that is enough.