Saturday, June 27, 2009

Augmentative Communication 2

Before I go out in the backyard to harvest the crop of weeds I'm growing, I thought I'd share something that Uncle Jeff shared with me: "Brain Fingers" is a hands-free device that enables severely disabled people access a computer. The "success stories" link on their website talks about a teacher who always wanted to be the next "Annie Sullivan," the woman who helped Helen Keller learn to communicate via sign language. "Well," I thought when I read that, "maybe she'd like to teach a little 6 year old girl named Annie Sullivan who needs to learn to communicate?" This teacher took a number of students who tested at a 12-18 month functional age, taught them to use this gadget, and then tested them after using the thing twice a week for 8 weeks. Many of the students then tested out a 5-6 year functional age. Pretty impressive, I think.

So take a look at that link when you have a minute--I'm going to talk to the school about it, and maybe even get it to use at home. It looks interesting. And, if any of you know of anyone who has used it, let me know.

Better go work on those weeds while Annie is napping.


Anonymous said...

Fingers are crossed and knees are bent as I kneel on the floor and pray. Great Idea Uncle Jeff! Good luck!!!

Tanya W.

Gretchen said...

Lord, it appears You've placed Jean and family at a doorway. I pray they'd walk thru to the next good thing for Annie. I hope it's this...but if not, we know You're faithful and trust Your lead. And pray that You would heal her brain. Thank You for this awesome fam and a way cool Uncle Jeff. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sue Powell said...

Praying that this will be of real benefit to you and Annie! Yah the name definitely should get her some "pull!" !!!!

Lynn C said...

Good idea Uncle Jeff and I agree with Gretchen :) I will keep praying and praying and praying. Keep on believing. God will pull through in his own way. GOD IS AWESOME AND VERY POWERFUL!!

Luv ya,

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a happy 4th. Praying that something will "Spark" in Annie! Much Love!!!

Tanya W.