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Examples of Support

Supported Typing, or Facilitated Communication, involves a facilitator, who can be a teacher, parent, speech pathologist, or friend, providing multiple methods of support to a communciation aid uers.

  • Physical support may include the facilitator isolating the index finger, stabilizing the arm to overcome tremor; providing backward resistance on the arm to slow the pace of pointing or to overcome impulsiveness; a touch of the forearm, elbow, or shoulder to help the person initiate typing, or pulling back on the arm or wrist to help the person not strike a target repetitively.
  • Emotional support involves providing encouragement and motivation as the person types or points to communicate.
  • Communicative support can include various forms of prompts and cues that can assist the FC user to stay focused on the communication interaction, to provide feedback to the FC user on the content of their message, and to assist the FC user in clarifying unclear messages.
Typing support on the wrist  Typing support on the elbow
Typing on an alphasmart device with support at the forearm  Support on the shoulder

This diversity of supports and styles of typing shows that FC is a dynamic and long-term process of identifying, implementing, and evaluating communication supports according to FC and AAC guidelines. The ultimate goal of this method is that the person use independent or near independent typing to communicate.