Sunday, November 10, 2013

Visual-Spatial, and Motor Control Issues

A Blogger's Insight: 

Technologies that Address Visual-Spatial 

and Motor Control Issues

We have looked at different kinds of apps that can be implemented into a children daily life to enhance their mathematic skills.  Now let's take a look at different types of technologies that can address students with visual-spatial and motor control issues.  

The following are characteristics of visual-spatial disabilities: 
has difficulty telling the difference between similar printed letters or figures; i.e., p & q, b & d, + and x, or square and rectangle 
often loses place when copying from a book or the chalkboard 
has difficulty telling the difference between different colors, shapes, and sizes 
confuses left and right 
 fatigues easily with schoolwork 

The following are characteristics of motor disabilities:
difficulty with fine motor tasks such as buttoning, zipping, tying, knitting, sewing, playing games with small parts, closing ziploc bags
difficulty with handwriting; hard to read, takes a long time to write 
frequently drops items
difficulty lining up numbers correctly for math problems and/or balancing a checkbook
 hums or vocalizes while concentrating on a task

To support these students, here is an additional resources that is 
available and recommended to use: 

Math talk is a speech recognition software that helps students with their homework, create/write math problems using their voice, and a scientific math notebook used to record their problems and work. 

To view a video on the tool CLICK HERE!

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