Eye can now use Clicker 6 with Mouse Dwell

Clicker6box250[1]We have been updating you for a while now about the many improvements to Clicker in the latest version – Clicker 6!

But one that we haven’t explained in great detail is the ability to use the new “Mouse Dwell” access option, which allows the Clicker Sets, onscreen keyboard and predictor to be accessed via a mouse or other pointing device without having to press a button to select. Instead, the user holds the cursor steady, or “dwells”, in the desired area for a predetermined amount of time and interact with the content.

While this has not been specifically developed for use with eye gaze devices, it is possible to get them to work together. This means that students who are using an open communication device with their eyes as their access method can now access their Clicker grids as well!

Screen Shot 2013-05-09 at 11.52.01 AMTo activate this feature you will need to go into the User Access menu. The mouse dwell option has other settings that can be edited to suit the individual’s needs also. You can choose a specific dwell time for the content to be spoken, and also another dwell time for the content to be selected. You can also alter the dwell sensitivity and next dwell distance to allow for a certain amount of movement error depending on the experience of the eye gaze user. And of course you can use the general Edit Clicker Set options to resize the targets if you find they are too small for this access method.

To hear about Becky’s experience with this feature click here.

It’s great to know that Clicker is now even more accessible for the students we support with severe physical challenges.

 

 

 

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About Katie Lyon

Katie is a speech pathologist and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) consultant who has been working with young children and adults with complex communication needs for the past 13 years. She has had worked in various roles including Coordinator of the Non-electronic Communication Aid Scheme and Regional Communication Service in Victoria as part of the state-wide Communication Access Network. She has a keen interest in supporting families, teachers, direct support workers and therapists to access information about AAC and assistive technology through education and training. She currently works part-time with Spectronics and part-time with the Communication Resource Centre at Scope in Victoria.

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