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    Forum Member Ellie's Avatar
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    Hi Vicky,

    Do you mean your dad has difficulty pressing the actual switch or is it that he presses the switch and can't get further in that app?

    If it's the former, would it be easier to use a different part of his body to press the switch (elbow, foot, between his knees etc) Or try Barry's suggestion re head control.

    If it's the latter problem, it 's likely it wasn't set up correctly for your dad's specific needs in the first place - functions such as Auto-Scanning, Tapping etc and their timings may need to be changed. (Barry may know about that? Sorry, I only know Windows.)

    There are numerous 'How to...' videos on YouTube on setting up switches but IDK if you want to go through the settings?

    Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqWkNxB27DM

    Any way you can get the person(s) responsible for supplying the switch to come back and actually show your father how to use it???!!!

    Love Ellie.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.
    Eye gaze user - No working limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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    Thank you both for you kind help!

    It is frustrating when we get equipment with no explanation

    It is more that it whizzes around the screen too fast for my dad to press it in time to select what he wants and once he gets on something we canít seem to go back

    Also, how to call people using the buddy button and the iPad? He keeps getting stuck lately without being able to reach his personal alarm on his wrist and he wears a sleep breathing mask so also can not activate Siri to call me if he needs help

    Thanks

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    Yeah Vicky, the speed at which the cursor scrolls through and / or dwells on each button / icon can be slowed down to an appropriate speed for your dad. If he finds he wants it a tad faster once he gets used to using it, the speed can be increased again.

    If you can't do it using the YouTube link I posted above, maybe a mate or family member can, or get the AAC people back to do it.

    I don't really know in what way "he keeps getting stuck" that prevents him from calling for help - do you mean physically unable to or that's unable to hit the right button on the iPad?

    If he just wants to get the attention of someone in the house, a wireless doorbell is a good option.

    Love Ellie.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.
    Eye gaze user - No working limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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    Hi vicky,

    Technology can be a big problem if there's no one to help and deal with the odd issue.

    It is a shame that he doesn't go to the hospice as they would help with this, wheelchair and convene issues.

    There are people who come out and help sort out things like these but really need someone else there to understand the issues that has more time.

    Love Terry

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