By: news staff


Reporting by: Melissa Randall

There’s a new way to play that can help students with severe special needs. Using a 3-D printer to crate a controller, the motion based gaming technology manipulates items on a computer screen. The children think its fun, which is true, but it's also helping them advance their motor skills.

“It’s well known that physical therapy is very important. The problem is no one likes to do physical therapy. So our approach has been play. So the whole key behind the therapy is to get them engaged in the game,” said Prof. Trey Crisco, of Brown University Medical School.

The gaming software, made by Timocco, was demonstrated in Providence Friday. Researchers say the movements the technology encourages are critical for real–life independent living.

“Those kids they love the laptops. They love their iPads, but we want them to move. So to do a supination and pronation movement, we have dedicated games for that,” said Eran Arden, CEO of Timocco.

The first of its kind on–line platform was developed with the help of doctors and researchers from Brown University, Hasbro Children's Hospital, as well as students and teachers at Meeting Street.

“This also allows kids with disabilities to really be participating a lot more from the whole computer technology thing. You know they see their friends doing games and everything else. Sometimes they can, and sometimes they cant but with this, they can really be doing it,” said John Kelly, President of Meeting Street.

Users can modify the program to best suit their capabilities.

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