Feature Matching Considerations

                    

It is always the goal to minimize the need for a person with ALS to learn new software and page layout/organization if new technology is needed due to changes in motor status.  

A feature match of best tools and strategies to the needs of a person (who they are today and who they may be tomorrow) is a critical part of the assessment process.



Using the same message bank pages and communication page layout on different platforms accommodating different access methods

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DIRECT SELECTION is not the same for everybody.    An assessment must consider access that minimizes energy and fatigue and takes advantage of a person's strengths and preferences.     Using an app that offers the features and matches the needs of an individual and then enabling a SWYPE keyboard to address best physical access was key to this feature match.

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While functionally using a Boogie Board for writing and text to speech on both a phone and ipad, assessing the use of Alphacore low tech board AND (as demonstrated here) software on a Surface Pro 4.  Further, assessing value of stylus vs finger selection