Progressing In Research With Alternative Assistive Devices

Starting with a weekly meeting with the participants in our study there has been a great accumulation of observational data as well as analysis of alternative assistive devices. The beginnings of testing the alternative devices for the participants the minimal changes have been observed in order to determine the effectiveness of purchasing instruments for a more major change.

In progressing with observational research it has been determined that the participants A and B are on separate scales in terms of mobility and what they require in an assistive device.

Participant A is much more worried about change and is very leery to try new things, instead of what is already known in using an assistive device. The “Heads-stick” that participant A currently uses is much more effective in use with a computer than in use with a Tablet or iPad. The Metal configured device has a plastic or felt tip depending on the technology that is intended to be used. A computer uses the Plastic tip and the tablet or iPad uses the felt tip. The plan from here forward is to introduce a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) in order to create an easier use of both a Tablet or a Computer.

Participant B is very eager to try new things and is very open to change. The idea of anything that can possible aid in Participant B’s everyday life is something that is looked forward to. In the observational study of Participant B it has been seen that there is more mobility of arms and hands that can be incorporated into the search for an alternative assistive device. Trials of using gloves with felt finger tips that have been adjusted in order to fit the hands properly are currently in effect. The effectiveness at this point is still being tested as the gloves are altered every week in order to aid a little more. In the future the Brain Computer Interface (BCI) has also been considered for Participant B.

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