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4. Once the voice file has been set up, how does the student learn to operate the system?

As the student tries new sentences and gradually assumes responsibility for an increasing number of functions in the software, the trainer should carefully introduce him or her to the latter sequence of steps in learning to operate the system should. The following sequence is the one that we use:

  1. dictation only

  2. dictation plus selection of words from the list of alternatives

  3. dictation and selection plus spelling to train new words or elicit them from the background dictionary

  4. dictation, selection, spelling plus error correction

  5. dictation, selection, spelling, error correction, plus...(At this point, the sequence can be customized even more to the individual student's needs. For example, does he or she need to use voice to control the mouse or access the menus?)

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