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Using MagnaFlyer in the Rehabilitation Setting


Getting the Most from Each Session

In virtually every field of rehabilitation new technology is arriving to enable the therapist to focus more on the client and less on the equipment employed for therapy. This in turn assists the client to make more progress in less time. MagnaFlyer is one of these technologies.


The Training Experience from the Client's Perspective

Rehabilitation therapy is of course a psychological exercise as well as a physical one. The confidence of the client goes a long way to accelerate progress toward a goal. That confidence is acquired through feedback from the therapist and also from the results of the client's own experience. The shorter the time between positive reinforcement opportunities the more likely the client is to be encouraged by their progress.


While the practical purpose of steady eye training is to build a new skill into a reliable habit, there is also another important underlying aspect to this training. Through your guidance and the sequential nature of the exercises you are building the client’s confidence that they can count on this newly learned ability to assist them as they move from the clinical setting to the larger world.


    So MagnaFlyer was developed was to serve two equally important purposes:
  • Allow the practitioner to more efficiently use their time in session to focus on the client
  • Give the client a way to achieve more positive results per session encouraging their confidence and reinforcing their own sense of progress.



The "Trainers Guide and Handbook"

The MagnaFlyer package includes an in-depth training guide for implementing the MagnaFlyer program.

    The topics include:
  • Set up of the computer environment
  • Optimizing the physical environment
  • Client interaction and feedback
  • Administering the exercises
  • Teaching the client how to use MagnaFlyer at home


This guide also includes contact information for practitioner and technical support.


A Day in the Life: Implementing MagnaFlyer in Session

Every organization has their own intake protocol for evaluating the candidate for rehabilitation. MagnaFlyer includes templates for use in conveying the appropriate information from the doctor or low vision specialist to the clinician responsible for the training. These templates assist in quickly optimizing the MagnaFlyer training environment for the specific needs of each client.


The Training Environment Plays an Important Role.

With any rehabilitation therapy the teaching and practice environment contribute to the success of the outcome. This includes the equipment with which the training is delivered. Having the appropriate tools at hand, and being able to use them without distracting from the skill building process. Delivering the training and services to teach steady eye technique had posed some logistical difficulties in the past.

With low vision rehabilitation there are a number of environmental factors that come into play. The lighting in the room, the light reflecting off the target object, physical positioning, the comfort of the room and most importantly the removal of distractions are all part of creating conditions conducive to training. Typically this meant that the client needed to come to the clinic where these factors could be controlled. If therapy was conducted elsewhere, for instance in the client's home or at a school, the practitioner would have to spend valuable time manipulating elements in the environment before training could begin.


MagnaFlyer is a completely self-contained computer environment and as such the training materials can be placed to their best advantage in the room. Since the practice exercises are displayed on the screen which is backlit, lighting the target text is not a concern. Distractions are kept to a minimum because the exercises can proceed smoothly without requiring changes in the materials or display method.


Flexibility in the training display

The software quickly allows the practitioner to customize the size of the font and the location of the words on the screen to meet the clients needs based on the intake information. Through feedback to the clinician the client becomes a participant in creating the set up that's most comfortable for them.



The MagnaFlyer program can be delivered using only a laptop computer. This means that the key elements of the protocol are completely portable. Training can take place almost anywhere. Special conditions, materials or equipment aren't necessary for a successful outcome. All that's really necessary is a room where there is some control over ambient lighting.

This portability has particular importance for clients who have limited mobility either because of physical issues or the lack of access to transportation. MagnaFlyer can go to them and be just as effective.


The Client Experience

With MagnaFlyer the learning process gives the client lots of opportunities to provide self assessment and feedback. This enables the clinician to make real time adjustments to improve the client's success in each exercise.


The Interaction with the Client

Within the exercise protocol there are several opportunities for the practitioner to gain insight into the client's true progress. For instance some of the reading exercises include humor and so a smile from the student indicates that they comprehended what they were reading.


Finally there are comprehension quizzes presented in a unique format. These provide the positive reinforcement to the client that they have indeed acquired a new skill for optimizing their eyesight.


While the practical purpose of this training is to form a reliable habit from a new skill there is also, another important underlying aspect to this training. Through your feedback and the reinforcing nature of the exercises you are building the client’s confidence that this new ability will assist them everyday as they move from the rehabilitation setting to the larger world.


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