Hi, The virtual environment creates two advantages in regards to acquiring perceptual and learning abilities. One is the motivational factor and the other is body movements as part of the learning process. In relation to the first advantage, Timocco's virtual environment presents a playful experience that increases motivation and extending the child's attention in the activity. In general, Occupational therapy treatment frequently uses sensory – motor activities that involve movement of the … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: How do I transfer and generalize the skills acquired while playing Timocco to daily living activities?
Hi, I like to use specific elements from Timocco and integrate them in the therapy session. For example, after playing with the Balloon game I begin another activity with real balloons. I might encourage the child to choose balloons in different colors and shapes and then paint them or have the child throw and catch the balloons. Sometimes I use characters found in the game to increase the child’s motivation for drawing and painting. The child can draw Timocco the monkey at the playground, with … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: I’m working with a child with DCD, we’ve been playing the falling fruit game to practice mid-line crossing – what else can we do?
The “Falling Fruit” game is a great place to start! You’re able to choose whether the child will cross the middle line of the body from left-to-right / right-to-left on both sides (for example the fruit can appear on the right hand side of the screen and the child needs to drag them all the way towards the correct basket that is located on the left hand side of the screen). Typically children with DCD are challenged by poor acquisition of other motor skills like hand-eye … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: What kind of program would you recommend for a 5 year old child with Hemiparesis?
“What kind of program would you recommend for a 5 year old child with Hemiparesis ?” Some time ago I worked with a child facing similar difficulties and recorded a video of the amazing results - the child is totally motivated to move his weak hand (red ball) and even asks to play the game again! In my experience starting with a representative, simple activity that provides the child with strong and positive feedback, preferably a game he/she can’t fail, produces the best … [Read more...]