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ajayelle
ajayelle Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Hello - I am new to the community.  I am a trainee teacher at a high school and today I had a student with cerebral palsy who found writing very difficult. This limited his participation and he relied on his lab partner's help to fill in an experimental results table which is both supportive and yet deprives him of his independence. He can write but it is difficult to read and it is quite an expenditure of effort for him to keep up with his peers re copying instructions into his lab book.   By this point he was lacking motivation to write up his results which to my mind is where the real good stuff lies. There are laptops available but a) he would have to go up three flights to get one and return it after lessons which is a big ask I think given the time between lessons and b) the manual dexterity required for the keyboard is just a different kind of problem.  I wondered if anyone knew of a solution out there that did not cost thousands of pounds/dollars.  I read about a 'magic wand keyboard' but what i found was very expensive.  I wondered if touch screens lke ipads were a better answer but really I wanted to ask you, the community, where do I go from here to find a solution for him and any other student who may need help to complete work that isn't physically laborious.  This is problem one.  Problem two will be raising money, but I'll deal with problem one first.

Many thanks for any responses.  I'll admit now to being a complete novice regarding the barriers faced at school by young people with cerebral palsy so please forgive if I sound too vague. I am.  This is the beginning of my education towards being a teacher who can actually respond the best way I can to students' needs.

Ajayelle

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  • debbiedo49
    debbiedo49 Community member Posts: 2,904 Disability Gamechanger
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    Lovely to hear from you and hope you get some good advice soon.  Have you spoken to the student about using a tablet? 
  • steve51
    steve51 Community member Posts: 7,147 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @ajayelle

    Good Evening & Welcome it’s great to meet you today.

    We have got access to a number of “Community Advisors” on our site.

    I will forward your post onto one of these.

    (CP Information Officer)

     Hi @Richard_Scope

    Can you please offer me some help with this post????

    Many thanks.


  • ajayelle
    ajayelle Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    debbiedo49 I haven’t asked him anything yet. A tablet may be good yes, a touch screen instead of a keyboard. Maybe I should be aiming towards raising money for a department tablet. 
  • ajayelle
    ajayelle Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    I also wondered, daft as it might sound, if using a game control was an option for creating text. My son is so very fast. I’d find it slow and awkward, but I’m not a gamer. Given tablets & controllers my boys have never learned to type on a keyboard. Everything is one-finger. I’m old-school and I find two-handed keyboards faster...but I’m an out-of-touch generation. 
  • ajayelle
    ajayelle Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    @steve51 thank you
  • steve51
    steve51 Community member Posts: 7,147 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @ajayelle

    That’s my Pleasure!!!!!
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