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Eye Gaze Technology as a Form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Individuals with Rett Syndrome: Experiences of Families in The Netherlands (short summary)

Eye-gaze
 
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Rett
 
Syndrome

Background

This study looked into the use of eye gaze and eye tracking technology from the point of view of families of people with Rett Syndrome (RTT) in The Netherlands.

Over recent years the use of eye-gaze and eye tracking technology to support communication for people with RTT has increased with many families wanting high-tech eye gaze systems. Eye gaze is often reported as the most frequent form of expressive communication for people with RTT and eye tracking control can potentially give access to computers and high tech voice output communication aids (VOCAs).

The study found that most of the families surveyed who had experience of an eye gaze system were happy with it despite some frustrations.

Suggestions are made regarding the need for further research, development of loan banks, better supported trials of devices, training for families and the need for support from knowledgeable professionals. Further investigation is also needed into the reasons for families of people over the age of 25 being less interested in this technology.


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Added to site May 2016


 

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