As an SLP, it’s best to have as many resources on hand for your evaluations as possible.  Many times, when going into an evaluation with a literate adult patient, the standard keyboard in Eyeworld works perfectly well.  However, sometimes, an evaluation is not so straightforward.  For these cases, we’ve created several keyboards that may be worth trying.  Let’s go through a few of them!

Unselectable Predictions Keyboard

What is it?

This keyboard is a regular QWERTY keyboard, with word prediction at the top.  The big difference with this keyboard is that for word prediction, the words themselves cannot be selected.  Instead, there is a key below each word prediction that a person can select in order to choose the word above it.

When would you use it?

Sometimes, reading the word prediction buttons takes time, and you might notice that a person is accidentally selecting the word predictions while they are still reading them.  This keyboard allows a person to read the word prediction words without selecting them, giving them more time to read and decide if they want to select that word.

How does Mind Express make it work?

Each of the word prediction cells is given a cell ID (prediction1, prediction2, etc).  These cells are made unselectable.  Each cell below the word prediction cells is given the action “Perform action” of the cell ID above it

 

 

 

Error Correction Board (horizontal)

What is it?

This keyboard is a regular QWERTY keyboard, with word prediction at the top.  When you select a key, in the top to the right and left of the message box, the adjacent keys show up.  So, if you were trying to select “d”, and accidentally selected “f”, you would find “d” to the left of the message window, allowing you to select it and swap the mis-hit “f” for a “d”.

 

When would you use it?

This keyboard could be good for someone who has good vertical accuracy, but their horizontal accuracy is not the best.  This would allow them to be a little bit off horizontally, but still able to select the keys they want.

How does Mind Express make it work?

The key to the left of the message box has the cell ID “left” and the key to the right of the message box has the cell ID “right”.  Each key on the keyboard has the action “Change label” to change the “left” key to the letter to the left of the selected letter, and the action “Change label” to change the “right” key to the letter to the right of the selected letter.  The “left” and “right” keys have the action to backspace a letter and then type the letter.

 

 

 

Smart Backspace

What is it?

This keyboard is a regular QWERTY keyboard with word prediction.  However, if the individual accidentally selects a key they don’t want, then they press backspace (del), and the key they just selected disappears so that they can’t accidentally press it again.

When would you use it?

Sometimes individuals will select a key, press backspace, and then accidentally go directly back to the same key they just selected.  This can get very frustrating.  So, if you notice someone doing this, you might want to try this keyboard – it may reduce some frustration.

How does Mind Express make it work?

This keyboard is a bit more complex on the programming side than the previous two.  In short, Mind Express has an option to make certain cells visible or invisible.  We have a separate cell on a different page not accessible to the user that contains the last key selected.  Mind Express compares that cell to other cells, and if it matches, it follows the actions on that cell (to hide the cell on the keyboard).  After every selection, it opens up the whole keyboard again by making every key visible.