This is a short article that I wrote for the occupational therapist who works with one of my daughters who has Raynauds and Scleroderma.
There are a variety of different types of technology assistance that would benefit Jennifer in an educational setting. My perception is that a range of techniques will be required that reflect the unpredictable nature of her symptoms and the variety of different tasks that she needs to perform. There is no magic bullet solution that meets all of her needs.
When Jennifer has to write for extended periods there are a number of issues that need to be considered:
1. Her ability to dictate in a fluent fashion is limited at this age
2. Her hands get cold
3. Her hands get tired
4. Sometimes the movement/dexterity of her hands is limited
What solution options are available in addition to traditional pen and paper?
1. Voice recognition
2. Hand writing recognition
3. Simple gesture recognition
4. Different types of keyboard
5. text substitution
Each option is considered in brief below:
Voice recognition is …