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Look What Eye Can Communicate! Eye Tracking Technology for Girls With Rett Syndrome

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Aim and Method
Rett syndrome is a severe, genetically-based, neurodevelopmental disorder with profound impairments related to speech, dexterity, and mobility. The primary objective of this multiple case study was to assess whether eye tracking technology can help girls with Rett syndrome meet individualized communication goals. Four girls with Rett syndrome who were using eye tracking technology for communication participated in the study. Over the course of five visits by the investigators, the girls’ families established communication goals and then the girls were observed interacting with their parent(s) using the eye tracking technology to work toward their goals.
Two secondary objectives of the study were to examine: a) the psychosocial impact on the participants of using the technology and; b) families' satisfaction with using the technology. Psychosocial and satisfaction data was collected using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Results and Conclusion
The findings of this study will be discussed. These findings may offer insights to service providers when considering eye tracking technology for girls with Rett syndrome, including its usefulness in meeting communication goals. They will also inform about psychosocial impact and family satisfaction with this technology and could help service providers better understand how eye tracking technology can affect competence, adaptability, and self-esteem.

Author(s):

Kelli Vessoyan Vessoyan    
Thames Valley Children's Centre
Canada

Gill Steckle    
Thames Valley Children's Centre
Canada

Barb Easton    
Thames Valley Children's Centre
Canada

Janette McDougall    
Thames Valley Children's Centre
Canada

Victoria Siu    
London Health Sciences Centre
Canada

Carrie Laskey    
Thames Valley Children's Centre
Canada

 

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