Eye gaze technology: a South African perspective (short summary)

South African

This study uses two South African case reports to look at Bronfenbrenner’s biological theory of human development as a framework for describing the ways in which environmental influences can support or hinder the use of assistive technology, specifically eye-gaze controlled communication for young children with disabilities.

They identify factors in a number of different ‘systems’ around the child that could influence how successful they were in developing use of high tech systems for communication.

They conclude that when a child is being introduced to a high tech communication device they and their family need support from widespread systems within their environment. Without this success can be limited.

The necessary supports include specialists visiting the child at home and in school to consider issues in a variety of settings. In addition, when resources are limited, informal supports might need to be sought.

Developing links with other families using similar technology can be positive in reducing isolation and offering emotional and practical support.

Things you may want to look into:

Alternative service delivery models for families with a new speech generating device: Perspectives of parents and therapists

Designing AAC Research and Intervention to Improve Outcomes for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs


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