TAGteach gives you the tools to simplify your instructions, use fewer words, give immediate feedback and get fast results. You'll be able to communicate effectively with your students and see success at each step.
Using a click sound to tell the visually impaired learner exactly when they have done a correct action is a huge benefit to guide dog handler training. The learner can focus on the sound and exactly what they were doing when they hear it. They don't have to use any brain power to try to interpret the nuances of language. If they don't hear the sound (tag) they know to try again and the instructor does not need to give a verbal correction.
"In guide dog training, the visually impaired handler must learn to provide effective verbal and body cues to their guide dog. As an example: Teaching the specific timing and placement of the handler’s body facing, footwork, hand gesture, and verbal cue for Right and Left Turns requires many sessions and repetitions using the traditional method of teaching all the steps as one skill. The same skill taught via TAGteach is not only learned faster, but each segment of the skill has as stronger foundation that results is consistent application by the blind handler. Breaking the skill down into smaller components and using less “lecture style teaching” makes success quick and more enjoyable for both learner and teacher."
Guide Dog Mobility Instructor of 42 years
Recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Ken Lord Award from the International Guide Dog Federation
Former Director of Research and Development, Guide Dogs for the Blind, CA USA
Watch these students tell you what it's like to learn from a TAGteacher
Watch this video showing the use of a tag point to help with food placement and reinforcement for the dog
Yes We've Got Data!
TAGteach studies have been presented at Applied Behavior Analysis conferences 48 times between 2005-2016. TAGteach has been found to be more effective and efficient as a way of teaching in many disciplines, including orthopedic surgeon training. The published study on this work was recently featured on the Scientific American blog.
Click here to see the full TAGteach reference list with links to full text of published studies, graduate student theses and conference presentations.