Six-year-old Isabella loves riding horses, amusement parks, the color pink and school. Now learning English, she can already read and write Spanish and Norwegian. Born in Argentina, Isa (as her family calls her) lives in Norway with her parents and two brothers.
Despite her knowledge of language, Isabella has significant speech limitations related to her cerebral palsy. She cannot control her body except for head and eye movements. As a toddler, Isabella appeared capable of going further than the simple books and symbols she used for self-expression would take her.
“I had heard about eye-tracking technology and AAC software for early communicators,” said her mother Carolina, “but when I brought these subjects up with the specialists we were working with, they did not believe it was the right fit for Isabella and that she was too young.”
It's her voice, so she takes it everywhere.
Carolina took Isabella to an eye-control specialist who saw her true potential. Isabella had a trial with eye-tracking AAC technology and nailed it. Soon she got a Tobii Dynavox eye-tracking device with Sono Primo language content.
“My goal for Isa then was to teach her the use of three basic buttons so she would have a taste of independence and be able to use some basic programs.” Isabella aced this and quickly moved on to Communicator language software. Her device is always with her. No one else touches it without her permission. It’s her voice, so she takes it everywhere. With the device, she can boss around her younger brothers. When she is angry, she turns up the volume. To tell a secret, she turns it down.
“She will be able to get the most out of life. We are so thankful that Tobii Dynavox has been able to give her a voice and a chance to have a real childhood.”
Isabella’s mother is optimistic about the future. “She will be able to get the most out of life. We are so thankful that Tobii Dynavox has been able to give her a voice and a chance to have a real childhood.”