TimHome, Home Edition
An ideal software program for children with learning difficulties.
Timocco - software for children with ADHD, autism or cerebral palsy.Growing with Timocco Home Edition is adapted for your child's specific needs, and provides you as a parent a unique tool to help and assist your child to cope with daily challenges.
Growing with Timocco includes a range of non-competitive educational games for the improvement of motor and cognitive skills. The games are played using body movements, which are tracked using Timocco's innovative software and tracking controllers.
Growing with Timocco Home Edition is a package including five developmental games along with body tracking controllers and a USB camera - everything you need to start practicing and playing with your child.
Exploring the game, your child can play in different environments such as Timocco's home, the beach, the sky or the yard, and have fun popping bubbles or catching falling fruit. Each game is friendly and non-violent, while providing all the motivation needed to develop motor skills. For example, playing with both hands up in the air strengthens the child's shoulders and arms, and by popping soap bubbles, the ability to use both hands in the right sequence together with good bilateral coordination is improved.
The games provide the child a fun and challenging experience and plenty of positive feedback
Timocco for Cerebral PalsyCerebral Palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects movement, motor skills and muscle tone.
It affects muscle control and coordination. CP is usually caused by brain damage that occurs before or during a child's birth.
About 500,000 children and adults of all ages in the United States have the condition.
Growing with Timocco can help Children with CP (Cerebral Palsy) to improve the function of their weak hand by attaching both hands together using Timocco's special controllers. The therapist can select a game that requires the use of both hands or decide to use only one controller for the hemiplegic hand.
The American Psychiatric Association defines Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as “one of the most common health disorders, affecting approximately 5 to 10% of children in the United States".
Timocco for ADHDThe hallmarks of the syndrome of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Symptoms of this condition are expressed in multiple settings and across numerous functional domains.
Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it.
Children with ADHD are highly concentrated while playing with Timocco. Using Timocco in a therapeutic setting shows that children with ADHD are staying concentrated even after finishing the game. After a session with Growing with Timocco, it is easier for them to remain focused in a deductive activity and they are staying sited and focused for a longer period of time. Working with children with ADHD, Timocco allows the therapist to control the background of the gaming environment (active or passive), to define the numbers of stimulus, distractors and the intensity of the sound.
Timocco for DCDDevelopmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) can affect children in certain areas:
- Poor fine motor control (e.g. drawing, writing, reading).
- Poor gross motor control (e.g. jumping, climbing, running).
- Lack of fluency in Speech .
- Abnormal muscle tone (hypo/hyper tonia).
- Poor body awareness (kinaesthesis).
- Difficulties with gross motor sequencing (developmental dyspraxia).
It affects about 6% of the population and three times as many boys than girls.
Timocco can help children with DCD by providing them a unique gaming environment suited for their needs. Playing Timocco's games, children with DCD can enjoy the gaming experience without frustration and with a lot of positive feedback. They can challenge themselves one step at a time and feel the satisfaction of getting better in an exciting and fun activity. While enjoying the experience of the virtual environment, the child will develop important skills.
Playing with both hands up in the air will strengthen the child's shoulders and arms, and by smashing soap bubbles, he or she will improve the ability to use both hands in the right sequence and with good bilateral coordination.
Timocco for Learning DisabilitiesLearning disabilities (LD) are problems that affect the brain's ability to receive, process, analyze, or store information. These problems can make it difficult for a student to learn as quickly as someone who isn't affected by learning disabilities.
It doesn't mean that they are not intelligent; it means that they learn differently.
Children with learning disabilities may be average or above average in intelligence.
Growing with Timocco provides the children with a unique and experiential learning experience. The games encourage learning via movement, and therefore ensure the child's full participation and engagement in the learning activity. Using Growing with Timocco, the child gains learning skills and establishes strong learning foundations for years to come.
Motor and Cognitive SkillsMotor Skills acquired by using 'Growing with Timocco'
Motor controlThe Growing with Timocco gaming platform requires the child to be in control. In some of the tasks, the movements of the hands must be precise and accurate in order to succeed. The child therefore learns to control its movements during the game.
Muscle tone, posture and shoulder griddle
While playing Growing with Timocco the children must hold their hands up in the air. By doing so they are actually working hard against gravity, improve their muscle tone and strengthen their shoulders girdle. Since the children's motivation for playing the game is very high, not only the hands involved in the activity, but also the entire body posture show improvement.
Range of motionWhen playing Growing with Timocco, the child stands or sits in a posture that enables a maximum range of motion. The child's goal is to reach for objects at the corners of the screen, an activity that challenges and improves the upper limb range of motion.An innovative patent insures that the scaling options of the game can be fitted to the child's specific range of motion, whether the child is sitting in a wheel chair or standing in front of the screen.
Middle line crossingSome of the games challenge the children to cross the mid-line of their bodies with their hands. In one game, for example, the child needs to collect different fruits falling down from the sky, and to put them in the according basket. A fruit that comes down from the left side of the screen can only be placed in the fitting basket located on the right hand side of the screen. In order to do so, the child has to cross the middle line of the body with the hands according to the defined settings.
Body awarenessWhile playing the different games, the child must be aware of the location of its hands during the entire game. The child's body movement is represented on the screen and influences the performance. Therefore, the child must control the position of its own body with regard to the image shown on the screen.
Bilateral coordinationTo pop soap bubbles or paint Timocco's photo album, the child needs to use both hands in a synchronized way. This action with both hands kept together improves the child's bilateral coordination.
Hand-eye coordinationThe child has to be aware of his hands regarding the objects that have to be reached. The movements of the hands must be coordinated with the objects on the screen and the child needs to learn how to react to the stimuli's changing pace and location.
BalanceGrowing with Timocco allows the therapist to control the location of the stimuli in the relevant games. Stimuli appearing at the center of the screen require less body movements towards the sides, while objects located at the far layout of the screen encourage the child to challenge its balance by losing the center of gravity.
Reaction speedsThe Growing with Timocco games requires the child to react to the stimuli at a changing pace. The therapist can adapt the pace to each child's specific needs and pace of progress. This way, the difficulty level can be graded, and the child has the ability to improve his reaction time in an encouraging and experiential way.
Cognitive Skills acquired by using 'Growing with Timocco'Visual perception and discrimination
Some of the skills that children develop while playing with Timocco are to distinguish between different colors and shapes or between distractors and relevant stimuli.
CategorizationUsing Growing with Timocco, the therapist has the opportunity to work with the child on categorisation of objects. For example, in one game Timocco sits on a peaceful beach and needs to collect fruits that are falling down from the sky while placing them in the right basket. The child must extend his hand up in the air towards the fruit and grab it by touching it with Timocco's hand. Then the fruit must be taken all the way down to the matching basket.
AttentionThe child learns how to direct the attention towards the main and relevant stimuli and to maintain focus on the activity.
Playing Growing with Timocco was shown to help children with ADHD to become more attentive and focus not only during the game sessions, but also after the playing session.