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 have lots of fun working on improving their motor skills. Our 50+ games have settings that help work on strength and range of motion to ensure that our players with CP have an engaging time while developing and improving upon skills to lead to a more productive independent life.
For example, if a child has hemiplegic CP, and their left side is much weaker, our in-game settings allow the therapist/child to specifically work on their left/right or both sides to challenge and improve motion on their weaker side. Players with Cerebral Palsy and their therapists have lots to say about the benefits of Timocco, check out some of the quotes below.
“My elementary student, E, has CP with significant hemiparesis of the right arm. He often holds his right arm in a flexion pattern up against his chest and will even hit his arm during hard tasks because it “does not work.” He was playing Bubble pop and reaching and tracking, it was great. His teacher thought the video was reversed and it was his left arm. I had to walk her through it…could not believe it. I really love it.”
– Stacey Walsh, OT, Lakota Local Schools
“It’s highly motivating for the kids. They don’t realize they are working and the games can often get a wider range of motion from them than other more standard approaches to therapy.”
- Mary Beth Doerr, OT, Akron Children’s Hospital
Timocco’s range of motion settings allow the therapist/player to change the way our patented tracking technology perceives and records the player movements. The settings allow the player to interact with the same games as someone with a more broad range of motion and truly “levels the playing field” for everyone. Of the nine settings seen below, the smaller red ranges towards the right of the image would be best suited for someone with a more limited range of motion.
Please help us in spreading awareness of Cerebral Palsy. On March 25, wear the color green, or a green CP awareness ribbon to commemorate “Paint the World Green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day”. Here are some great links to learn more about CP and support organizations:
United Cerebral Palsy: http://ucp.org/
My Life Without Limits: http://mylifewithoutlimits.org/
The Cerebral Palsy Swagger: http://cpswag.blog.com
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