Application of Eye Tracking for Diagnosis and Therapy of Children with Brain Disabilities

  • Katarzyna Harezlak
  • Pawel KasprowskiEmail author
  • Michalina Dzierzega
  • Katarzyna Kruk
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 57)


Children affected by brain disabilities require a lot of attention and care to improve their life. The quicker the support will be introduced the better effect can be achieved. One of important impairments resulted from the brain disability is a cerebral visual one. In case of children, communicating with whom is difficult or impossible, assessment of vision quality is very challenging and eye tracking methods may prove very useful. The research discussed in this paper was devoted to development of a workspace, which may support the effort of therapists working on improving the quality of disabled children’s life. The important element of this solution is the implicit calibration procedure, making eye movement registration possible. Additionally, there were several stimuli developed and tested with cooperation of therapists from one of associations for children with developmental disabilities. Initial tests confirmed usefulness of the elaborated solution, which facilitates children’s vision assessment based on the eye movement signal and may be used for a further children therapy.


Eye tracking Brain disabilities Diagnosis Therapy 



We acknowledge the support of Silesian University of Technology grant BK/263/RAu2/2016.


  1. 1.
    Bartuccio, M., Maino, D.: Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs. Wolters Kluwer Health (2012).
  2. 2.
    Brolly, X.L., Mulligan, J.B.: Implicit calibration of a remote gaze tracker. In: Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshop, 2004. CVPRW’04, pp. 134–134. IEEE (2004)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Corbetta, D., Guan, Y., Williams, J.L.: Infant eye-tracking in the context of goal-directed actions. Infancy 17(1), 102–125 (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Duchowski, A.: Eye tracking methodology: Theory and practice, vol. 373. Springer Science & Business Media (2007)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Dutton, G., Bax, M.: Visual impairment in children due to damage to the brain: clinics in developmental medicine. Clinics in Developmental Medicine. Wiley (2010).
  6. 6.
    Frank, M.C., Vul, E., Saxe, R.: Measuring the development of social attention using free-viewing. Infancy 17(4), 355–375 (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Holmqvist, K., Nyström, M., Andersson, R., Dewhurst, R., Jarodzka, H., Van de Weijer, J.: Eye Tracking: a Aomprehensive Guide to Methods and Measures. Oxford University Press (2011)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Kasprowski, P., Harezlak, K.: Using non-calibrated eye movement data to enhance human computer interfaces. In: Intelligent Decision Technologies, pp. 347–356. Springer (2015)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Kasprowski, P., Harezlak, K., Stasch, M.: Guidelines for the eye tracker calibration using points of regard. In: Information Technologies in Biomedicine, vol. 4, pp. 225–236. Springer (2014)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Oakes, L.M.: Advances in eye tracking in infancy research. Infancy 17(1), 1–8 (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Open Access This chapter is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 International License (, which permits any noncommercial use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license and indicate if changes were made.

The images or other third party material in this chapter are included in the chapter's Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the chapter's Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katarzyna Harezlak
    • 1
  • Pawel Kasprowski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michalina Dzierzega
    • 1
  • Katarzyna Kruk
    • 1
  1. 1.Silesian University of TechnologyGliwicePoland

Personalised recommendations