Last year my son, who is starting 3rd grade this year, got into a bit of trouble with his teachers because he had difficulty organizing his notebook and often forgot the things he needed for school at home (like homework, permission forms and notes for the teacher). I want to avoid the ‘I’ll just do it for him’ approach I ended up taking last year and put more effort into helping him develop his own organizational skills, but in a way that will leave him with a can-do, positive attitude towards … [Read more...]
6 year old with CP ‘forgets’ he’s got a weak hand!
I met Ben (alias), a cute 6 year-old with hemiplegic CP, when I joined his weekly physiotherapy session at an early childhood development center. I joined the sessions to guide his therapist on using Timocco in therapy. Ben was highly motivated to play the games and as a result, he used his weaker hand constantly and for longer periods of time. He played, succeeded, had fun and most of all, worked on strengthening his upper extremities and learned to believe in his abilities. … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: My daughter has verbal dyspraxia and still struggles. I was wondering if your software product would be a fit for her?
Verbal dyspraxia often comes along with general dyspraxia which affects motor planning abilities. Many therapists, including myself, believe that improving praxis abilities and motor planning skills in general have a direct and positive influence on the verbal praxis. Under this assumption, practicing motor planning and senso-motor skills using Timocco, such as: mid-line crossing, bi-lateral coordination, hand-eye coordination, organization in space and time and so on, can definitely be a … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: I have been working with a boy who has moderate intellectual disability (ID). Last week I tried using Timocco with him in our sessions, but he could not understand what to do. Instead of moving his hands, he tried touching the screen or throwing the balls at the screen. Is this game suitable for him? Please advise.
Hi, You are raising an important and very relevant question. We often see these problems when we work with kids who have difficulties with spatial or visual perception or intellectual disabilities or delays. It is important to know that Timocco encourages abstract thinking and asks the child to understand that he is working in one space but is affecting a different one without actually touching it. Nowadays, most kids are familiar with all kinds of touch screens and are used to working with … [Read more...]