He is a ‘base 2’ boy.
He has a number of “viable two switch locations” ie two feet, two hands, two elbows, two cheeks. So far, his feet are proving to be the most successful and also the most discreet.
It is official… Mac is a binary boy all the way.
We are currently using Mac’s feet to access choices and information.
So this year our focus will be on improving Mac’s ability with Auditory Scanning.
We are trialling his Macaw with two switches. One for step scanning through the choices (left foot) and then he has an option of either waiting for the time lag for the selection to be made or he can use his ‘yes’ foot to select that answer. We will see which one he prefers over the coming weeks.
Our second priority is to teach Mac his alphabet via Morse code using two switches. I have designed an Excel form to allow him to do this in the classroom with auditory feedback and training informtion. I will provide a copy in my next post.
Finally, our fall back will be to use the Yes/No switching option as a convenient, quick way to get answers.
These three options to my mind are complementary to one another and should provide him great opportunities to alongside the other students with congruency to what they are doing.
Numeracy is still my stumbling block. I will see what ideas Vision Australia come back with when we see them next month. I have been reading up on ‘finger binary‘ which allows you to count to 31 using the fingers on one hand. This might be a concept we could explore using tactile feedback on fingertips perhaps, it is just a thought – I haven’t heard of anyone doing it so… I will let you know.
I think this year should be an interesting and exciting year for Mac – his world opened up significantly since our visit to Rosie last year – this year is where we can start putting all these ideas into practice.