Timocco helps kids with Cerebral Palsy:
Strengthen the motor base to develop writing skills
Improve fine motor skills like dexterity and finger isolation
Strengthening of the upper extremities to help kids sit for longer periods of time
Improve attention skills such as split attention, inhibition and impulsiveness restraint
Work on cognitive abilities such as memory, sequencing, categorization, number recognition, quantity perception.
Enhance motor control, body and spatial awareness to help kids interact with their peers
This little boy “forgets” he has a weak hand while playing!
How it works
Working off your computer, Timocco captures the results of games played and displays progress reporting over time. Your child’s training programs are then adjusted regularly by a trained therapy professional based on your child’s performance. Each program includes 15 – 20 minutes of skill building Timocco activities 3 to 4 times a week or as instructed by your therapist.
If your child is challenged by hemiparesis, ataxia, quadriplegia, or spasms stemming from CP, therapy goals typically include improving flexibility, strength, mobility and function.
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Range of motion
Improving the child’s range of motion will help with activities such as getting dressed, tying shoes and being able to play with friends.While playing Timocco, the child must reach for objects found at the corners of their screen, an activity that challenges and improves the upper limb range of motion.
The therapist can control the location of stimuli in relevant games. Stimuli appearing at the center of the screen require less body movement towards either side, while objects located at the far edges of the screen encourage the child to challenge their balance by re-adjusting their center of gravity.
Placing the camera in a higher location while playing Timocco will improve a child’s posture and help them sit in class for extended periods of time.
Having good motor control helps kids with CP with school activities such as copying notes from the board and daily living activities such as eating with a fork. Timocco challenges a child to maintain a constant awareness of their hands’ position in relation to the objects that must be reached during the game. The child observes and coordinates hand movements accordingly, while constantly adjusting and reacting to the changing pace and location of stimuli.
For example, in the Bubble Bath game, the child must reach out and pop the correct bubble by touching the bubble they want to pop. This action strengthens the child’s ability to co-ordinate his/her hand movements based on visual stimuli.
Strong bi-lateral coordination skills help kids do things like get dressed in the morning, hold a piece of paper while writing on it or catch a ball.
There are several games that target bi-lateral coordination, for example the bubble bath game which requires the child to pop soap bubbles that appear on their screen while using both hands in a synchronized way. Keeping both hands together improves the child’s bilateral coordination over time.
Fine Motor Skills
You can use any household object that is round and colored in red, blue or green as a control for the games.
To work fine motor skills, have the child use marker caps (red, green or blue) to play games while simultaneously working on their pencil grasp, which is important for developing writing skills.