Communicator 5- Setting Up, Customizing & Communicating! - Part 1

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July 2, 2015
5 hours


Assistive Technology Specialist and Occupational Therapist with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an area of concentration in Special Education

Do you have a new Tobii eye gaze system with Communicator 5 or have a laptop/tablet with the Tobii PCEye Go eye gaze system and want to use Communicator 5, or want to upgrade from Tobii Communicator 4 to Communicator 5 but have no idea where to start? Do you want to start using and programming page sets in a layout that has been proven hundreds of times over to work for individuals with Rett Syndrome? Then this course, Communicator 5 – Setting up, Customizing, and Communicating – Part 1 is for you!

In this course, participants will learn essential information about how to support communication while taking into account the challenges of apraxia and sensory regulation. Participants will also learn that there is no need to “reinvent the wheel” with what to set up on a Tobii eye gaze system (i.e., Tobii PCEye Go, Tobii I-Series or I-Series+ devices) with Tobii Communicator 5 software to support individuals with Rett Syndrome. In addition, the frequently asked question about using core phrases vs. core words will be discussed.

Step-by-step demonstrations will guide both first time Communicator 5 users in setting up a new user which integrates a Home page set in Judy’s Copyrighted eye gaze layout that is provided as a download for this course. Current Communicator 5 users will also be able to integrate this Home page into an existing user and have it automatically displayed. The detailed process involved in transferring files from Tobii Communicator 4 to Communicator 5 will be covered with the opportunity to integrate an existing home page set into Judy’s eye gaze layout. Participants will also learn how to configure Tobii Gaze interaction settings that support ease of access. Step-by-step demonstrations of how to add or change content in existing buttons and pages/page sets will be covered, along with the steps for programming links to existing pages/page sets.

Proven strategies which support an individual with Rett in using a Tobii eye gaze system in conjunction with their natural gestures or modes of communication while engaging in conversations with knowledgeable communication partners will be discussed and demonstrated through videos. Finally, participants will learn how to export a user with the new settings and configurations so that all of their hard work in programming will be backed up and safe.

Included in this course:

• Downloadable Home Page set in Judy’s copyrighted eye gaze layout for Communicator 5, along with “I need something” page sets – one for girls and the other for teens/adults with Creative Communicating images (developed by Pati King-DeBaun).
• Videos of the step-by-step process for setting up a user, configuring settings, and customizing page sets in Communicator 5

The course will take approximately 5 hours to complete. However, participants will be able to go through the video-based modules and handouts at their own pace and review them as many times as needed.

Please note: This course will not apply to individuals who are currently using Tobii C-Series with CEye Module devices or Tobii P10 devices, as these eye gaze systems do not meet the minimum specifications for running Communicator 5.

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