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Responding

I get different responses when I look at certain parts of the screen 

 

Learning

At this step we are learning that looking at different parts of the screen produces different responses. The communication partner can model words connected to what the learner is looking at to teach new vocabulary. This new vocabulary is all based on where the learner is looking! 

 

Communication

Two-way communication is generated by the learner looking and the communication partner responding. The vocabulary modeled by the communication partner depends on what the learner is looking at. 

 

Calibration

This step does not require any calibration from the learner! However, a simple one-point calibration could be useful if possible. How to do the calibration can be different for different pieces of software, check out the Support & Training pages for your software for videos about calibration.  

 

Give it a Try

Activities in this section are free to try if you have a Tobii Dynavox eye gaze device (separate or integrated eye tracker). 

Practice 1: Favourite Photos

 

Objectives

  • We are learning that responses are linked to what we look at on-screen
  • We are learning new vocabulary that is connected to our favourite photographs 

 

Get Ready

To get up and running with this activity you will need: 

 

Let’s Go!

Following these steps makes it simpler to get going with the activity. 

  1. Connect your eye tracker/ start your device.
  2. Depending on eye gaze software:
    • Open Gaze Point, start it with the Play button and turn off Mouse Click. Show the Mouse Cursor.
    • Or open Windows Control and select Sticky Move Cursor.
      • To select this option, start by going to Settings -> Taskbar -> Tasks -> Change and turn on Place Cursor.
      • Go to Taskbar -> Selection and turn on Tertiary Selection.
      • Exit Settings and gaze at the taskbar to activate the tertiary selection.
      • In the popup that shows, select the Sticky Move Cursor task.
    • Or open Classic Gaze Interaction Software (double-click the Windows Control icon).
      • Open Settings, select Mouse Emulation.
      • Exit Settings and select Mouse Cursor in the menu.
  3. Open a photograph so that it displays on the screen.
  4. Respond to what the user is looking at when the curser moves across the screen, making sure to discuss what is happening in the photo at the parts the learner is looking at.
  5. This is a great chance to introduce new vocabulary connected to what the user is looking at!

 

Say

Use phrases such as these to promote communication! 

  • "I see you are looking at the food on the table. It's almost time for breakfast/ lunch/dinner!"
  • "I can see a park in the background. I know you like going to the park!"

 

Top Tips

Looking for extra help with the activity?

  • Focus responses on the parts of the screen the learner is showing an interest in.
  • Refrain from guiding the learner to look at the parts of the screen you would like them to.
  • Open the Eye Gaze Pathway on the learner's device and on another device to make reading the tips and instructions possible while the learner is attempting the activities.

 

Look For

The visible curser should move around different parts of the screen. Care-giver responses should be relevant to what is being looked at! 

 

Go Beyond Example

Here is another way to practice the skills connected with this step. 

Practice 2: Zoo Scene

 

Objectives

  • We are learning to gaze at different parts of visual scenes
  • We are learning about different types of animals 

 

Get Ready

To get up and running with this activity you will need: 

 

Let’s Go!

Following these steps makes it simpler to get going with the activity. 

  1. Connect your eye tracker/ start your device.
  2. You don't need to start your gaze software to use Communicator 5 with eye tracking, it just needs to be installed. 
  3. Open Communicator 5 and the Sono Primo page set, found in All Page Sets -> Emerging Communication -> Add-On Products.
  4. Choose one of the visual scenes, for example the “Zoo" scene. It has gaze enabled regions that activate automatically when the user looks at them. If they don't, make sure your input method in Communicator 5 is set to Eye Gaze.
  5. Make sure the volume is turned up!
  6. Encourage the learner to explore the scene.
  7. Listen to the audio that plays when the learner gazes at certain parts of the screen.
  8. Communicate with the learner by responding to all audio that plays when the learner gazes at different parts of the screen.

 

Say

Use phrases such as these to promote communication! 

  • “I see that you are looking at the elephant. I like elephants too!”

 

Top Tips

Looking for extra help with the activity?

  • Two-way communication can take place based on the audio that plays when the user looks at different parts of the visual scene.
  • Open the Eye Gaze Pathway on the learner's device and on another device to make reading the tips and instructions possible while the learner is attempting the activities.

 

Look For

Hearing the sounds within the visual scene indicates that the learner is gazing at different parts of the screen. Caregiver responses should be connected to the sounds heard within the visual scene! 

 

More Activities

The following software titles can be purchased from Tobii Dynavox and work well together with our eye trackers and gaze software. We recommend these activities for practicing Responding:

 

Other sources for activities: 

 

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