Finally, a Thank-You from Me to my aunt
This is a story of a little girl called Jing-Han, who lives in Kinmen. Jing-Han has cerebral palsy (CP), so she can only express herself through nodding or shaking her head and saying simple words like “yes” or “no”. However, during the class time and daily communication, her family and teacher found that Jing-Han’s cognitive ability is almost as good as other normal children and thus they resort to Sense to see if there is any chance to explore her potential and find a proper means for her to express herself.
Since CP children have uncontrollable muscle tension which leads to calibration difficulties for EyePlayer, we found out a way for CP users to operate EyePlayer more smoothly and efficiently .
After this technical problem was solved and with some practice, Jing-Han is able to use communication board and press switch to type. Jing-Han likes online shopping with her mother, and she would give her mother some suggestions through eye controlled typing. Jing-Han also likes to go on Facebook and interact with her classmates.
Sense’s team figures that, like Jing-Han, there must be many more other children who suffer from disorders and cannot express themselves properly. These children, too, need the help of computers and assistive devices.
But caused by the uncontrollable shaking symptom, Eyeplayer kept switching to the calibration mode. This is the feature we designed for our initial ALS customers. After getting the feed back from Jing Han, we developed a new calibration method for the CP patient, in order for her to operate smoothly.
On the second day we met her, with the help of EyePlayer, Jing-Han typed “thank you” to her aunt. There must be more delicate emotion hidden inside Jing-Han’s tender heart. Expression tools not only help them communicate but also provide a platform to express their feelings. That bright and heartwarming smile on every user’s face is our most valuable asset.