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5. Do students need to have all the skills you mentioned in the preceding question to be able to use voice recognition?

Not necessarily. Most individuals who are strong in the skill areas I've mentioned will likely be able to write independently after being properly trained in the use of the system. However, if a student is weak in one or two of these areas, he or she may still be able to become proficient with voice recognition and derive significant benefit from it. In this case, however, more intensive instructional support will be needed, particularly in the early stages of training and use. As a clinician, I rarely discount any individual as a potential user based solely on his or her cognitive and language profile. A wide spectrum of individuals can use voice recognition if enough external support is provided.

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