On Friday at Monkey Mouths, we started talking seriously about augmentative devices for Kendall.
There's absolutely no doubt in my mind she's a smart little girl. She has a lot to say...and if there's a way we as her family can help her communicate, you bet we're going to make it happen.
Her SLP mentioned this Eye Gaze, briefly explaining the concept to me. Kendall is already successful in making a choice in pictures, but she often doesn't have the dexterity to hit the object each time. Her arm spasticity is much more severe than her legs (uncommon...but what with Kendall isn't!?) But she almost always makes the choice with her eyes.
So this week we'll be working with Kendall to sharpen this skill. Creating a board showing choices of activities that she likes, mixed with ones we know she doesn't is our start. I'm certain she can do this. It is just going to be a long process to find out which tool is the best. Then we will start the fight to get it paid for. It may or may not be the Eye Gaze, but I know we'll find one that is a fit.
Isn't technology amazing?!?
I'm posting the video for you all to see...and so I don't have to try to explain this one to Kendall's grandparents :)