Sunday, May 13, 2012
Typing skills for children in OT
This is one of my lovely (and few) girls. Her mother granted me written permission to use her hands in this video (waves at my boss). This was an occupational therapy session where we focused first on origami (note a piece of it in the corner under the computer) and then on typing. The origami was a visual-motor challenge for both of us.... ;)
I wrote in washable non-toxic marker on her fingers ASDF and then JKL; so that she didn't have to lift her fingers to find the right key; we played a free typing game on the Internet focusing on beginning, home row only, ie words like sad. The point of the game was to type out words which made these space things dissapear....we had a little trouble with her isolating her "S" finger but overall she did phenomenally. :) I was so proud of her. I highly recommend writing on their fingers when first working on learning home row. I know they make typing gloves etc too, but so far this low-tech/low-cost way has worked for me, and the kids don't mind at all (I obviously ask permission, lol). Anyway....hope this video works and doesn't show up just as a photo. Guess we are about to find out! (I am publishing through Picasa). Note: It came through as a photo so I went back and had to export the video etc. Boo, technology, lol.