I use 2 head switches to control my iPad. But it doesn’t do what I want. One switch helps me move between programmes. But it doesn’t do what I want. Another switch helps me select a programme. Annoying! Annoying!
I really want to go on the web. I really want to send emails. I really want to listen to music. I really want to watch videos on YouTube. Recently I had an assessment in London. I had to go to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. I was loaned a different communication device. I need to practice. Watch this space!
What do I want to use YouTube for? I like to replay episodes of comedy shows. My all time favourite show is Mr Bean. He makes me laugh. I like to listen to music. My all time favourite music is from Doris Day. She makes me smile. I am hoping my new device will make it easier for me to find what I want.
I am now using the Tellus communicator. I like the joke page! Best joke is “what is a crocodiles favourite game? Snap.” I now have 1 head switch and 1 cheek switch. I’m finding it hard. What my switches do has also been changed. I’m finding it hard. I feel I’m making progress.
I am now using another device because of problems. It is called a Grid Pad from Smartbox. It ticks the box because I can send emails but I need help with the words. It doesn’t tick the box because it takes me a long time. Tiring! But I want to do it as I like sending emails.
I am still using the Grid Pad. I love receiving emails and I write my own but it takes some time to use the word bank on my keyboard. I have to scan through all the choices. I am practicing finding a Website but it takes a long time. I was able to look up about a local museum before we go. Some things are still frustrating but other things are better.
I am still using the Grid Pad. It’s great to send emails and I love receiving them but sometimes I select the wrong thing and loose it. Annoying! Today I logged on the Internet and looked up cinema times of the new BFG film. Brilliant. I want the Grid Pad to speak the Internet options but it doesn’t at the moment. Annoying I need help. So I can now do things I couldn’t do at the start but the longer I use it I find different problems.
I am now a slightly less frustrated head switch user but it is ongoing!
David attends Sense College in Cambridge and wrote this blog through a series of emails to the Sense Technology team over the past year. As he highlighted, his equipment no longer met his needs and attempts to use head switches with his iPad proved frustrating. Following referral to an NHS service, they provided a long-term loan of the new hardware and software that he now uses.