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The Mobile Computer Classroom
June 11, 1997
To whom it may concern,
During the second half of 1996 I had the opportunity of instructing Jessica Collins in our Computer Gym Pre-School Programme. This involved learning and developing mouse skills and an introduction to the keyboard while using age appropriate software.
Jessica quickly picked up mouse skills although she was obviously hampered by hand tremors. It would sometimes take her two or three attempts to click on the desired object so she would become frustrated and often give up all together.
Jessica's concentration span was quite short, not much longer than 5 minutes at a time. I would often have to repeat questions and requests and Jessica needed one on one supervision to keep her attention on the task at hand. She would appear to have short periods of non-communication and staring, sometimes two to three times during a half hour lesson. Socially she was quite shy with our instructors and the other children and was not very verbally communicative. Jessica seemed tired a lot of the time and was always looking for her Mum.
Jessica started lessons with us again in early May. I am amazed at the difference in her and have not noticed any tremors or staring episodes. She is now happy to work through our programmes with her partner and does not need the constant encouragement and instruction to complete a task. Her concentration span is now much longer and Jessica has not been concerned about Andrea's absence during the lesson. Her mouse skills are steady and precise and it is great to see her getting so much more enjoyment from the programme. It is such a delight to see her laughing and interacting with the other children and I am looking forward to observing her progress in the future.
Computer Gym (Northern Outer)
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