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The therapeutic value of Timocco is invaluable. The conception of the Timocco Online Server was a means to create an effective, convenient way for both patient and professional to provide and receive treatment through the Timocco Gaming System. Here is an example of how an Occupational Therapist used the Timocco games for a young child with motor difficulties and had substantial treatment success.
A 7-year-old patient, David received individual occupational therapy for motor difficulties. David avoided various activities due to his complications with jumping, paying ball games, crossing the mid-line space, and problems in planning movements. The OT evaluated David’s condition and created a process were the child could function, but first a better perception and self-awareness of his difficulties needed to be created.
During individual treatment sessions, David expressed a desire to associate with the OT but avoided patterns that affected the functioning of his treatment.
As a new method to reach and treat the boy, the OT introduced David to the Online Gaming Environment of Timocco. The Timocco session was divided into a treatment process over the course of six months. David was very excited when he got the game, which changed the dynamic of his attitude towards the treatment sessions.
It was necessary to find the suitable challenge, which would allow him to ambitiously participate in the game that would treat his condition. The Online Environment of Timocco allowed the therapist to find the fitting challenge.
The OT chose to startwith the Bubble Bath game because it required planning of movements and crossing the mid line.
The work environment:
The Timocco game had different positions to be conducted. David began by sitting on a chair, then on a cylinder, proceeding to stand on bean bags. David initially found it difficult to play standing up because he could not make a separate motion with his upper limbs.
By sitting on a roll, David experienced the separation of limbs and crossing the mid-line environment that supports it. Having acquired confidence and success with the cylinder exercises, they played standing on bean bags, enhancing his sense about the usual place to stand. David could meet the challenge and play standing with a separation of the lower torso.
With the increased therapeutic process of Timocco, David’s readiness to experiment with various facilities improved the quality of his jump (more continuity and coordination), and in learning it, increased his skill of mid line crossing.
In conclusion, the OT quoted “I was glad that I had the possibility to use an effective and attractive new treatment to achieve significant performance improvement components, such as crossing the mid-line space. Personally, I feel the game environment influenced David’s preparedness to deal with challenges.
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