The efficacy of a computer mouse operation training programme for children with severe intellectual disabilities

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The efficacy of a computer mouse operation training programme for children with severe intellectual disabilities

 

Author: Ho, Wing-yan
Title: The efficacy of a computer mouse operation training programme for children with severe intellectual disabilities
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2005
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Mice (Computers)
Computers -- Study and teaching
Children with mental disabilities
Department: Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: v, 62 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1968134
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5517
Abstract: This study was to investigate the efficacy of a computer mouse operation training programme for children with severe intellectual disabilities (ID). Computer has become more and more popular. It has been used to be a teaching medium at schools, in particular, special schools for children with ID. For children with severe ID, computer can be used as an equipment to enhance learning because of its stimulating visual and auditory effect. However some children still find difficulties to get access to the computer due to the complex operation skills involved in keyboard and mouse operation, they are often deprived of the chance to use computer. In this study, the effectiveness of a mouse training programme for people with severe ID was studied and a multiple A-B-A baseline research design was adopted. 4 subjects aged from 11 to 16 years old with severe ID were recruited. All the subjects were assessed at the baseline phase on their mouse operation skills by a standardized assessment tool. It was followed by a training phase of a mouse training programme. The training was individual session and each of the subjects participated for 9 sessions in 3 weeks. Computer games involved mouse operation was applied in the training. Computer skills assessments were conducted pre- and post- training. Qualitative observation was used to identify if there was behavioral changes during and after the training programme. Results showed that all subjects showed improvement in the mouse operation skills after training. 2 of the subjects could perform mouse operation skills of single left click, moving mouse pointer, drag and drop; while the other 2 subjects could only perform few functions after training. Double left click was the most difficult skill among the key mouse operation components. The result indicated that children with severe ID could still be taught to use mouse operation after training. Further study with larger sample size and longer training period would benefit from the investigation of the effectiveness of the training programme.

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