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PostSubject: Touch screen computer monitor   Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:15 pm

Often times, children with Down syndrome have delays in fine motor skills. This often makes using a computer more difficult because it's harder to manipulate the mouse. This company sells touch screen monitors to allow the child to use the computer independently.


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PostSubject: Re: Touch screen computer monitor   Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:21 pm

Bria got this from grandma for Christmas- ALL my kids love it! (ok, so only Bria and K really can use it, but that's beside the point!)
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PostSubject: Re: Touch screen computer monitor   Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:27 pm

Concept Development is a teaching method that does not assume a child has learned something until it has been specifically TAUGHT. Many kids with DS do not infer easily, things need to be made crystal clear to them through repetition and clear language. Even concepts like cause and effect can be difficult. By using a computer, a touch screen, and GOOD childrens educational software, these concepts can be taught at the childs pace very easily. From the simplest "touch this and it reacts" to colors, numbers, reading, etc, using a computer allows for instant gratification for short attention spans, it allows more POSITIVE learning than negative, and can be made to give hints that help a child feel successful. Laureate makes some of the best of these programs, but off the shelf kids software can be VERY good too.

when Ciarra was a baby, we bought a touch screen monitor for her to use. It snaps right on over a monitor and allows a kid who is very young to touch their answers on a screen. It works with ANY software you can find, taking the place of a mouse. It allowed Ciarra to become very independant on the computer very early on. If you can, I would highly suggest a computer of their own, on a kid-friendly child sized desk, with a touch screen and as many GOOD kids software programs as you can find. You will be amazed at the things your child can learn, and you might even want to suggest a touch screen to grandparents etc. for Birthdays, Christmas, etc. Any questions you have, feel free to ask. I have a video somewhere of her at 2 using a touchscreen very successfully, with a Clifford cd rom, AWESOME program. Jump Start too...hands down the BEST investment towards reading we EVER made for Ciarra was her own computer and a touchscreen.

Magic touch can be easily installed and removed. No need to open up the computer case, and no power supply is needed.
Magic touch can be activated on touch by almost anything - finger, fingernail, gloved hand or stylus.
Magic touch and mouse can be used concurrently. On-screen utility icon allows easy swap of left-right mouse-button functions.
Magic touch can eliminate the electrostatic and significantly reduce the radiation generated from the monitor.
Magic touch has excellent scratch resistance and chemical resistance. It may be cleaned with household cleaner, like Windex.
Magic touch is available for USB or Serial (ProE) interface. Compatible with Win Vista, XP, 2000, 98, 95, ME, NT, Linux, Mac.

I have been asked by several different people HOW we got Ciarra reading. I thought it might be nice to have things in one place, to refer to as needed. So here goes!!

Nouns & Sounds was one of the earliest CD Rom games we used. It is a FANTASTIC and easily modified program for teaching kids about the world around them. It has the child match the SOUND of something to the onject that makes the sound. You can have a very few objects to choose from, or LOTS of different choices. This program was hands down hugely responsible for teaching Ciarra the NAMES of things.

you can request a demo CD to see if you like it.

STORY BOXES make reading interactive. An old shoebox with various items that are illustarted in the story can help make the story come alive for visual learners:
A story box is a way for young children to experience a story. When selecting a story for you child, choose one that is simple and tells about familiar objects and concepts. Collect corresponding items in a box or bag. As you read the story to your child, allow him/her to hold the item. Examples:

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, National Braille Press, Simon & Schuster, (Print/Braille)
Contents Magnetic Alphabet, Drum, Coconut

Jennifer's Messes, by Suzette Wright, American Printing House for the Blind.
Contents: Cheerios, Barrettes, (2) Coins, Comb, Pencil, Keys, Doll, Pretzel

Giggiy-Wiggly, Snickety Snick, by R. Supraner, Parents' Magazine Press.
Contents Hard, Soft, Bumpy, Smooth, Tickly, Sharp, Sticky, Stretch, Cold, Hot, Crunchy, Squishy, Fluffy, Curly, Straight.

Good Night, Everyone! By H. Ziefert, Little, Brown & Co.
Contents Stuffed Animals (Bear, Monkey, Mouse, Lamb).

Hello Kitty's Bedtime Search, by S. Bright, Random House.
Contents Socks, Necklace, Tee Shirt, Blanket, Teddy Bear.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, By Laura Joffe Numeroff, Harper & Row.
Contents Cookie, Cup, Milk Container, Straw, Mirror, Scissors, Dustbroom, Sponge, Blanket, Pillow, Crayons, Tape, Paper

Suppertime with Frieda Fuzzypaws, by Cyndy Skekeus.
Contents Cookies, Plate, Cup, Pasta, Paper Crayon, Paper Cookie.

Teddy And The Mice, by Brain Ax, Terry's Friend's Series (Board Book).
Contents: Small Wagon or Dump Truck, Blocks, Mice, Nuts, Teddy Bear

The Foot Book, by Dr. Seuss, Random House.
Contents Slippers, Towels, Cotton Balls, Toy Clown, Big Shoes/Small Shoes.

The Gingerbread Man, A Pudgy Pals Board Book.
Contents Cookie, Cookie Cutter (Tin), Stuffed Fox, Cat, Cow

The Indoor Noisy Book, by M. W. Brown, Harper & Row.
Contents Household Objects That Make Sound: Broom, Spoons Clinking, Door Slamming, Eating Raw Carrots or Celery, Slurping Pudding, Footsteps, Telephone Ringing.

The Jacket I Wear In The Snow, by Shirely Nellzel, Scholastic Press.
Contents Red Wool Hat and Scarf, Zippered Jacket, Sweater, Boots, Long Underwear, Socks, Jeans.

The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper, Platt & Munk Publishers.
Contents Dolls, Balls, Toy Engine, Sailboats, Toy Animals, Clown

The Longest Noodle, by Suzette Wright, American Printing House for the Blind.
Contents Noodle, Fork, Shoelace, Jump Rope, Ribbon, Yarn.

The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown, Harper & Row.
Contents Toy Fish, Rock, Gardening Tools, Watering Can, Toy Bird, Sailboat, StuffedBunny, Carrot.

The Saucepan Game, by J. Ormerod., Lee & Shepard Books.
Contents Pan with a Lid, Stuffed Toy Cat.

The Sweet Smells of Christmas, by Patricia Scarry, (Scratch and sniff). Golden Press
Contents Cinnamon, Pine Cone, Candy Cane, Spirit of Peppermint, Ginger, Cocoa

The Three Little Kittens, by Kate Gleeson, Golden Books.
Contents (3) Stuffed Kittens, (3) Small Pie Tins, Soap, Mittens; Optional Clothes Line & Clips.

The Three Little Pigs, Golden Sound Story, Golden Press.
Contents Brick, Sticks, Hammer, Hat, Straw.

Underwear, by Mary Elise Monsell, National Braille Press, (Print/Braille)
Contents Different Kinds of Underwear, Slippers.

Scholastic offers some FANTASTIC learning programs based on Clifford the Big Red Dog. Unlike many other kids software, the Clifford CD Roms dont skip around, they work through word families, one by one, until they are really learned. They are very short, engaging activities, and they are VERY user-friendly.

Clifford Phonics CD Rom and book set is a GREAT resource! CLIFFORD BIG DOG MUSICAL MEMORY GAMES CD-ROM
can be found on EBAY very often. Clifford the Big Red Dog Thinking Adventures is also an Ebay find.

Next, we swear by Cricksofts line of products, especially Clicker 5 and Clicker paint. They utilize many different kinds of graphics programs such as PECS, etc to help children write using symbols. As the child grows, the program adjusts, less symbols, more words, visual and verbal prompts, spell checking, etc.

Adding Clicker paint to the product enhances it tenfold. Both programs work in concert with the FREE grids at , where you can download and use thousands of pre-made grids that teach VERY specific topics. Your child can write book reports on virtually any subject, use the word processor to talk for them, insert their own drawings into reports and stories, or even capture JPG or BMP files off the home computer to use in their stories.
well, there are some of the suggestions I give when asked. More than anything, though, READ yourself. Show your child that reading is fun. Enjoy it, show them that. Make books available at all times, and dont worry about mess. Just live in the moment.

A trick: to gauge the effectiveness of a touch screen, put your child on your desk in front of the monitor, put on a kids cd rom, and have them touch the monitor as you discreetly move the mouse under the table. See what their reaction is. And if they have a favorite character, by ALL MEANS start with a cd rom of that character if you can.

this is a VERY early software title, slow and easy, cause/effect, critical thinking, etc. GREAT choice for new learners. AWESOME! BAby software


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