Clicker Success Stories

Highfurlong School

Erica Walwyn, Special Support Assistant Level 2 for AAC Support.

George is a young man who is 9 years old and joined Highfurlong with his twin brother in September for one day a week. George has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy and currently attends a mainstream school for the remaining four days of the week. George is in Year 5 and came to Highfurlong for support with assistive technology, focusing on access and control on the computers with a means to recording his work.

George was assessed by the ACE Centre team on 22nd October 2012 where he was observed using a switch as his method of access.   

Because of Clicker, George can now participate in the recording of his work as opposed to having someone type for him.

 

As he has reasonable control of his fingers, George was encouraged to use a ‘Glidepad’, which he accessed with support to his right arm in order to stabilise him sufficiently to use the device. This enabled George to focus on controlling the movement of the cursor in the first instance, which he managed to do with a reasonable level of success within a short period of time. George was also encouraged to tap the Glidepad to make a selection by emulating a mouse button press.

George has since been loaned a Glidepad from the ACE Centre and now uses Clicker as a means of recording his work. He started using matching sets to build his mouse and mouse dwelling skills and to reinforce what learning has taken place. Currently George is learning about WW2 and has been accessing matching sets to review and discuss what has been taught in the lesson. 

Because of Clicker, George can now participate in the recording of his work as opposed to having someone type for him. To record text George uses picture banks with sentences behind to relay information he has learnt.

Once George has developed the appropriate skills he will progress onto modelled sentence building and we will eventually randomise the cells as an assessment method.

Through Clicker there is a long progression route to develop skills and we hope to liaise with George’s mainstream school to transfer these skills so George can record his work wherever he is.