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New Strategies Take Time and Practice to Master

1. Think Dynamic Displays are easy to learn?

Many people think that devices like the DynaVox, DynaMyte, Chat PC, HandHeld Voice, Speaking Dynamically Pro, Springboard are easy to learn because the user can find vocabulary by moving freely from screen to screen. But it is a lot more difficult than you think.

See pictures of these devices on the UW Augcomm Web site about Retrieval Strategies

Think of each screen like an open web page on your own computer. How many pages can you have open at once and still navigate easily among them? At what point do you want to just close them all and start over?

And yet we often give people devices with 25 or 30 pages accessible from one home page. Could you handle that?

2. Look at the complexity of these other strategies!!

Kristin's Morse Code:

Kristin is shown  seated in her  power wheelchair looking at  her communication device.
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Kristin's Eye Codes:

Kristin is shown  looking to her left at an assistant who is not yet in view.
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Adrienne's Partner Assisted Scanning:

A close up of Adrienne

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This clip is in lower quality format for the web. Find the entire high quality video on the Social Networks DVD available from Augmentative Communication, Inc. and Attainment Company.

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