Access

At Willow Dene, one our core aims is to support our children’s ability to access and control technology. We develop these skills using one or more of the access methods below, aiming for the children to access technology with the minimum of effort, so that their concentration can be focused on the intended learning. Children may be working on developing more than one skill in different contexts.

We have many specialist and cutting-edge access technologies, including Eye-Gaze touch screens, medical-grade pneumatic monitor arms, and switches, as well as specialist keyboards and pointers, such as track pads, joysticks and tracker balls.

Touch screen skills may be practised with the iPads, but we may be following a separate range of access targets, specific to children’s needs and the different control methods on these devices. Children’s access targets may be focused on swiping, finger isolation or gestures.