Lisette is a very social 10-year-old girl attending Grade 4 on the North Shore. Starting from a very early age, her school team saw that she had a lot to say. Because Lisette uses a ventilator to breathe, her vocal cords do not work. She needed a voice; a way to communicate. The school team started using sign language and a simple communication device with her. She quickly outgrew the Tech Speak 8, a static display device, and her team introduced the Springboard, a dynamic display device. Lisette took off with the Springboard, and her communication skills blossomed. She loved participating in class: delivering the attendance to the office, leading calendar time, and chatting with friends.
From the very beginning, Lisette’s school team was very involved and supportive in implementing the the device into Lisette’s day. Her support worker encouraged Lisette to use the device whenever she needed a door opened or if she needed to go to the bathroom. Lisette was a quick learner and was motivated to communicate her needs. As she moved up through the grades, her class-work demands grew. She was given a dedicated word processor to type out her spelling words and to write her journal.
Now, with the Dynavox V, Lisette is able to use her device to communicate and complete class work. Lisette is completely invested in the device; so much so that she learned how to program her own buttons by watching her support workers do it. After a recent field trip to meet the 2010 Olympic mascots, Lisette programmed a button for her favourite mascot, Muk Muk, so that she could share her experience with others. For more about how Lisette’s team evolved and grew to be successful, check out the video below.
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