An Interactive Maze Game Device for Pre-Handwriting ExercisesBy Bowman, Jeremy M.; RESNA 2001: Annual Conference Proceedings, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 26-28
Publication Date: June 2001
Paper presents a portable, easy-to-use device that uses maze solving as a pre-handwriting task, called the Maze Game. The device is meant for use by children who have difficulty learning to write properly as a result of a physical or cognitive disability, poor hand-eye coordination, or poor motor control. Occupational or physical therapy for children at an early age helps integrate the cognitive and physical skills required for good handwriting. The maze is meant to be designed by a teacher or therapist on a PC using accompanying software. A hardcopy of the maze is printed and attached onto a graphics tablet. The device then tracks the movement of the student through the maze. As long as the student stays within the pathway of the maze, the student receives positive feedback. If the student strays from the path, the device provides a correctional cue. The authors believe that the Maze Game would be an effective pre-handwriting tool, as the student can work on fine motor control while enjoying a familiar activity.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O14138