Through analyzing the impact of assistive devices for two participants with cerebral palsy much has been learned for each individual what works well for them.
As both participants used felt tipped metal rods or “head-sticks” for use on computers and tablet devices with touch screens two alternative methods were used to test greater efficiency and ease for the participants. The two methods that were tested were an altered felt tipped glove that was used on the participants hands and fingertips, and a Brian control interface that was used with a computer.
In terms of the felt tipped gloves, they did not provide a great enough improvement for the participants in order for them to be used ordinarily. The “head-sticks” provided equal to better help and the participants are more comfortable with how they work as they are more used to them.
Due to difficulties in acquiring a Brain Control Interface there was limited time that the device could be tested.
In terms of the Brain control interface the results are inconclusive thus far. The time that would be needed for the participants to completely be comfortable with the device requires longer than the program will allow for. The Brain control interface has had some improvement with one of the participants, but requires much more practice and understanding in both participants in order to attain more concrete results.
Ultimately the decisions to alter the assistive devices that each participant currently uses and to implement a new assistive device such as the Brain control interface remain entirely up to the participants and what they feel comfortable with.