HELIX Conference

Using Eye-Gaze Technology to Maximize Functional Vision: Assessing, Playing, Communicating

  • September 15th, 2017
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Presented by: Kelly Lauer, Melissa Brown, and Laura Stephan

In this session, we’ll be discussing the use of eye-gaze with students who have visual impairment, as well as other challenges. Additionally, this presentation will focus on techniques to enhance communication skills, leisure skills, assessments, and social interaction skills in Early Childhood and Elementary settings for students with diverse needs, including students who are blind/visually impaired and students who are living with multiple challenges. More specific topics featured in the presentation include proper seating and positioning, as a means to allow for consistent working distance and ease of access for students using adaptive and assistive devices; best practices for the use of portable devices, including laptops and tablets, to allow for portable customization of the learning environment; the role portability plays in creating an environment of sharing between students by using multi-profile configurations and mounting solutions; and communication devices available. Finally, the technology-based teaching methods to be covered in the presentation will focus on communication, leisure and play skills, as well as involving students with multiple challenges in more advanced communication opportunities, such as turn-taking and cause-effect activities.

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired, Assistive Technology Specialists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists

Credits Offered: Act 48, ASHA, ACVREP, Psych

Using Eye-Gaze Technology

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