Sorry It's been a while since I blogged. There has been lots going on.
Not long ago Missy sat her Naplan tests, these are National Literacy and Numeracy Assessments for school kids in year 3, 5,7,9. There were four tests all up, done over three days, Missy did them in Year 3 also, when she was one of the first students to make use of the then, new PDF Interactive Test File.
This year she also accessed the PDF version of the tests on her Laptop, along with her Dynavox via the Infared Access It, also the I Pad and eye gaze charts.
Currently Missy is going thru some structural changes from her ABR Therapy and a growth spurt and while it shows she has an improvement in her structure it doesn't always bring improved function immediately(I will blog about this another time). So since she has been struggling with the use of her arms and hands, we have been expanding her use of eye gaze charts. Hopefully the picture shows how a number of forms of communications/technology can be used to get answers onto a test . Eye Gaze can be time consuming but at the moment without that Missy would be very frustrated by just trying to use her Dynavox.
We will continue to give feedback to Naplan Authorities about the need to provide a variety of adaptions of materials, testing conditions and accessibility of the test.