A Training Program for the Use of the Cyberlink Control System for Young Children With Cerebral PalsyBy Redstone, Fran; Technology and Disability, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 107-115
Publication Date: 2006
Study conducted to evaluate the use of Cyberlink with two five- and four-year-old children with cerebral palsy, both of whom were nonverbal. Cyberlink is a computer interface that is attached to the user’s forehead in order to interpret brain waves, minute facial movements, and eye movements, all of which are translated into cursor functions. The application has been utilized with adults, though this was the first study that evaluated the use of Cyberlink with children. A training program was developed in order to teach mouse clicking and cursor control techniques, as well as use of the cursor for games and augmentative and alternative communication. The results indicated that both participants learned to control the cursor adequately, as individualization of the stimuli for each child and the flexibility of the software were determined to be key indicators of program success. This study was conducted at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Garden City, New York.
Assistive Products Discussed: BRAINFINGERS SYSTEM
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )