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Seminar- the functional use of looking skills for communication and learnin...
Tue 1 March 2016, 14:00 – 16:30 GMT
Barnsley Assistive Technology Team are pleased to host Michael Clarke PhD from University College London (UCL)
Michael will be presenting his current work on the development of eye gaze skills and the links to the developemnt of communication.
"Eye-pointing is a term used to describe looking behaviours that serve the same functions as finger pointing in non-disabled children. Developmentally young children with severe physical impairment affecting their whole body who find reaching, finger pointing and speaking impossible, are heavily reliant on their looking skills to engage with others. For example, by pointing with their eyes to an object (i.e. looking between an object and a communication partner) they might signal interest in that object. Careful observation of looking behaviours in response to assessment materials is also an effective way of determining cognitive and language functioning in this otherwise hard to assess population. However, there is often no agreement between clinicians concerning which looking behaviours constitute genuine eye-pointing in response to assessment stimuli and which do not (e.g. when the child may simply happen to look at one object rather than another, with no communicative intent). As such, children’s abilities may be over or underestimated which raises major problems in the effective planning and delivery of individualised and appropriate intervention for children and families."
This presentation will:
- Discuss key issues related to the functional use of looking skills for communication and learning.
- Highlight links between looking behaviours, joint attention and language acquisition
- Present a draft scale for the description and classification of looking behaviours in relation to eye-pointing
For further information relating the Michael's work please visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/gaze