Computers, day by day, are being more tightly woven into the fabric of everyday life. Our children, like all children, need to be prepared to access and take advantage of this technology. While methods of access continuously expand and refine, keyboarding and mouse control are universally used. As these are motor skills, difficulties with motor control will negatively impact the speed, accuracy and ease of interaction. However, with the proper, fun, entertaining, kid-friendly tools and practice, success with the computer and other computer based technologies can be achieved.
Please check all requirements for both hardware and software. If they don't make sense to you, or you are unfamiliar with your computer system and its requirements, ask someone more knowledgeable about computers to help you before ordering. Most software manufacturers will not accept returns of opened software and hardware and we must follow their policies. Feel free to call us with questions before placing an order.
We, at PFOT, have spent much time researching software programs and some of the hardware options available. Each item has been selected for the motor and/or perceptual/cognitive skills it reinforces.
When initially presenting the programs and hardware to the children, it is recommended, as with all therapeutic materials, that they be supervised. In this way they obtain the most therapeutic value from the products. As proficiency increases, so can independent use.
Touch Window This clear surface attaches with velcro (provided) to your monitor and allows users to point with their finger! No mouse, no pen - just your finger! An ideal tool for young children, and those with physical limitations. Encourages range of motion, upper extremity reach/stability, & finger isolation. 2 monitor sizes available. IBM/Mac Hybrid, attaches to USB Bus port.
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Puzzle Play Software and Workbooks With each of these titles you get a full size, 64 page workbook with cool, colorful illustrations and a unique CD-Rom. So you can solve dot-to-dot puzzles, follow mazes or search out hidden pictures in both the workbook or on the computer. The CD also lets you print out additional puzzles or you can create brand new ones, print them out or work them right on the computer! Two great ways to learn while working on pencil and mouse control, visual perception, and language and vocabulary. Get your favorite or all three. Perfect for early elementary school.