The Timocco team just returned from Philadelphia at our 4th AOTA conference, and it was the best one yet! We were so excited to meet all of the therapists and professionals in the therapy arena, as well as the OTs of tomorrow (students). We had a Timocco marathon playing over 500 games over the course of 3 days. It was great to meet therapists who have used Timocco for years and hear their feedback on our new platform updates. There was no shortage of smiles and energy at our booth as we … [Read more...]
Timocco Celebrates Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month!
As we head into March, The Timocco Team wants to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and the many ways that Timocco’s platform was designed to help. Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain. CP affects a person’s muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. There are approximately 500,000 people in the US affected by CP. Timocco’s motion based therapy games are designed to work on skills for children of varying abilities, and our players with CP … [Read more...]
Communication, Social Interaction, Problem Solving & Sequencing
Looking for games that can target skills such as communication, social interaction, problem-solving and sequencing? Here are a few ideas! Communication: A number of our games can be used to incorporate opportunities for communication. Communication skills can range from identifying the hidden objects as the child uncovers them in our "Hidden Treasure" game, describing what the Timocco monkey is doing in the unveiled pictures of the "Photo Album" game or identifying shapes, numbers, … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: How To Encourage Home Play Sessions
Question: I’m making plans for my clients to continue practicing at home. At the clinic they play Timocco with ease and enthusiasm; at every session, the children ask to play Timocco. However, it's very hard to get them to play at home even though they have a kit. How can I help them with that? One of the biggest challenges that we, as therapists, can encounter is creating a continuity of treatment; starting in the sessions in the clinic and continuing to the child’s natural environment at home. … [Read more...]
Ask Sarit: How can I help my son stay organized at school?
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...]
Ask Sarit: How do I figure out which games are good for which child?
Hi, I started using Timocco not too long ago and it’s great that there are so many games, but how do I know which one to choose and what suits each child? Could you please help me with that? The online platform does indeed offer a wide array of games. When you're starting out, it can seem tricky to match the right game to each specific child. I’ll try to give you some pointers that can help you get started: First, on the main “Games” page, you can find two drop down menus called “Skills” and … [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...]
School OT talks about using Timocco
I use Timocco with a few of my patients in our individual sessions. I would like to share with you the work I do with Maya, a seven-year-old girl with significant developmental delays; cognitive difficulties, motor difficulties and severe hypotonia. Maya loves playing Timocco, I can see that she works hard while playing the different games and is gradually improving. In the bubble game, she is supposed to pop the bubbles that appear on the screen. At first, she moved her hands randomly around … [Read more...]
Come and visit us at BETT 2011 SN60!
BETT is the largest education technology exhibition in the world. Over 600 exhibitors displaying the latest educational technology. Timocco is proud to be part of the show this year. We are locted at SN60 Stand and we'll be happy to meet you and show you Timocco in person. BETT is located in Olympia London and will be open January 12th - 15th. See you there! … [Read more...]
Article supporting the use of Virtual Environment in Therapy
Play Therapy Utilizing the Sony EyeToy ® Anthony Lewis Brooks¹ and Eva Petersson Our hypothesis is that game playing using embodied user interaction has evaluand potentials in therapy and thus significance in quality of life research for the special needs community. A state of presence is inherent where stimulation of fantasy and imagination involves engagement and subsequent interaction with a virtual environment (VE). Once this engagement is achieved and sustained we propose that a higher … [Read more...]