We are extremely excited today in the office, and we know that you will be too. We are always looking to improve the Timocco experience. With the release of our new version, the “Timocco Time” of your session(s) will be faster and more effective. But first, we wanted to thank you all for answering our surveys and phone calls, the feedback we received helped us in building a better and more motivating platform. Timocco’s development and product team have heard your responses and … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: I’m looking for games that can help prepare my son for school. What games do you have that are good preparation for school work?
School is fast-approaching and you're certainly not alone in taking these last few weeks of August to prepare for the year ahead. There are actually two separate skill sets you can work on to help your child get into 'school-mode'; the first, which I will focus on this week, are motor-related while the second are learning related and I will cover those more in depth next week. Motor abilities include skills such as balance, planning and spatial organization. Strengthening a child’s motor base … [Read more...]
From Pencil to Pen: How this 8 yr old mastered handwriting
Jason was referred to an OT due to concerns about his handwriting and sports ability. He was first seen by an OT in August 2013 at the age of 8. At that time he was given a full Occupational Therapy assessment which highlighted that he is good at Maths and Science, has a good level of general knowledge and an extensive vocabulary. Jason enjoys reading and using a computer, plays the piano and is approaching the second grade. Jason's parents said that his handwriting is difficult to read, and … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: How do you fine tune range-of-motion settings while playing on a big screen?
"I work at a school for kids with motor difficulties where Timocco is connected to a large screen and I can’t seem to get the range of motion settings just right for each child. Can you help?" First, it’s important to understand that the camera and it’s positioning play a key role in tailoring Timocco to the child’s abilities. When a child plays in front of a big screen, there’s a natural tendency to move back so that they can see the whole screen. With a big screen set-up, the camera … [Read more...]
Becky plays Timocco with her eyes!
Becky is a sweet 11 year-old with severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She loves playing on her computer (as you can tell from the video!). She also loves swimming, playing with her friends and having sleepovers! In order to use the computer, she uses Tobii – an eye gaze software which allows her to control the computer using only her eyes. In this video, made last year when Becky was 10, you can see Becky using only her eyes to play Timocco! … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: I want to work with my client on strengthening his upper extremities and back and improving his balance. When he plays soccer with his friends, he tends to fall or slip quite often. He does not seem to have the stamina to stand and play with his friends for a long time. This frustrates him and the other kids complain that he plays too rough. Could I use Timocco to work on that?
Timocco games can certainly encourage children to be active and to play using their arms often at shoulder height or higher. The different games can be adjusted to every child according to their needs. You can choose whether you want to work on motor planning, stamina, visual and audial perception, attention skills or communication skills. Because the games are played by moving the children's arms, it encourages them to use their upper extremities and core muscles. Some of the games require … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: I understand that instead of using the gaming balls you can use other items to play Timocco – what would you recommend?
Yes, you can certainly use other objects to play Timocco! Timocco's gaming gloves don’t contain a sensor – we use a patented, proprietary image processing technology which allows the camera to detect the balls by their shape and color. What this means is that you can use everyday objects from home or clinic that are circular and match one of the ball colors (red, blue or green) to play Timocco games. Below are some items I frequently use: Balloons: If you would like to work on gross motor … [Read more...]