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DS1 has LFA and is very developmentally delayed, especially in language (receptive is very difficult for him). I would love for him to be able to use the computer mouse rather than have to go to a touch screen or switch access device, if possible. He just isn't grasping the connection between the physical mouse and the pointer on the screen ...<br><br>
We have been trying hand-over-hand for about a month with no significant progress - when prompted hand-over-hand he will do very large motions to move the mouse back and forth rather than the small ones required for computer use (looking at me the whole time to see if that's what he's supposed to be doing), and he will click over and over and over and over and over again, rather than just click once or twice when necessary. I have tried moving the mouse myself and tracing the path of the pointer on the screen for him to watch, moving it myself and having him just click once when appropriate, which he does do now if prompted, but when he tries to use the mouse independently he continues to just click repeatedly without making any attempts to move the mouse on his own.<br><br>
Has anyone been successful teaching this skill?
 

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To be perfectly honest, my DS1 learnt how to use a mouse proficiently by playing video games <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:. I'm sure I'll lose my crunchy mom of the year award for that admission but I don't give a [email protected]<br><br>
We have some very simple games that we bought for him - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAtari-Tonka-Search-Rescue-2%2Fdp%2FB00006G97M" target="_blank">this one</a> is his favourite - and he has spent hours playing it.<br><br>
We also play games that we download from Shockwave (<a href="http://www.shockwave.com" target="_blank">www.shockwave.com</a>) and I'm thinking of one in particular that might help your son make the connection between the mouse and the screen. It's called "Feeding Frenzy" and your pointer is a fish that has to go around eating other fish while avoiding getting eaten. It's very easy at the beginning and even if you keep getting eaten, you can continue and restart indefinately. Here is a <a href="http://www.shockwave.com/gamelanding/feedingfrenzy2.jsp" target="_blank">link</a> to the page to download the game. You can do a free trial I think but after a while you do need a membership for that particular game. I have some passes for a 3 day guest trial if you are interested. They also have tonnes of free games there too so check those out too.<br><br>
I hope that helps!<br><br>
Martha
 

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We taught one of my students to make the mouse/pointed connection by using a simple program like appleworks or kidpix to draw simple shapes on the screen (circles, square, etc.) and had him use the paintbucket feature to click inside the circles and fill them up with color. At first, we did hand over hand but with his hand on top of ours so that he could feel the motions and when to click without having to do any of it himself and just look at the screen. Then we did hand over hand the typical way. We used very simple verbal commands "mouse over" and "click". The page would be done when he had filled each shape with the new color and also the background so the whole page was (color). Once he started to get it, we would point to a specific target with slightly longer verbal instructions "mouse over here" or "mouse over to the circle".
 

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I don't know how you teach the actual if you move this button and then click something will happen.<br><br>
But something that might help is a trackball rather than a real mouse. My husband bought a trackball for our son when he was learning. He's got a fine motor delay and the mouse just required movements that were too fine.<br><br>
We got something like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FKensington-Expert-Mouse-Optical-Trackball%2Fdp%2FB00009KH63" target="_blank">this</a> (only for about $20 off of Ebay). It has another advantage in that they can move the mouse, take their hand off and then click (or use the other hand to click, which is what our son does), so the click itself doesn't move the mouse to the wrong spot (a common problem).<br><br>
I also found some other ones while googling trackballs:<br>
One that says it requires less fine motor control (and thus is good for kids with delays):<br><a href="http://www.enablemart.com/Catalog/Trackballs-Joysticks/BIGtrack" target="_blank">http://www.enablemart.com/Catalog/Tr...ticks/BIGtrack</a><br><br>
One especially for kids (and it's only about $40, which is an improvement)<br><a href="http://www.tinyeinsteins.com/libra_90_trackball_mouse.html" target="_blank">http://www.tinyeinsteins.com/libra_9...all_mouse.html</a>
 

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If you go into the control panel and then into the mouse option there is a way to make the pointer actually do a trail on the screen, can change size (and shape) too which may help and if I'm thinking correctly you can change how the click function works, maybe where if you even hover the pointer over something for a certain length of time it will automatically click. I've had to slow my mouse down for my little guy, it moves soo slow now but is better for him. do you have a rollerball mouse? try a laser one (is that the name for that style... it's not necessarly wireless, when you look at the bottom of it it won't have the ball, I think they are a littel easier to use)<br><br>
something else you can do to help with the clicking but not moving, use some tactile dots, stickers or whatever and place them on the mouse but not on the click spots have your child put their fingers on the dots and teach "move to mouse" they don't get to click, their fingers are not even close, mom or helper will click for them in the beginning,<br><br>
do you have "paint" start with a clean screen and you pick the color and paintbrush- clicking is invoved with that and since your teaching one step at a time, you click- and just have him move the mouse around and he can see on the screen what he has drawn, (there is a zoom function too so you can make the picture really big so what he is doing/drawing is more intense if you can keep focus on the screen.)<br><br>
then when you start with the click function, have him move the mouse to where he wants to click then take hand completly away from the mouse point one finger and click the button without touching the mouse in any other spot, add a dot for that spot when the time comes.<br><br>
Hopefully these aren't too silly of suggestions, I'm not for certain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> what LFA stands for...
 

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Thank you all so much for your responses and the fabulous suggestions! I am going to try all of them - I have much more hope now!<br><br>
Lightheart - nothing you wrote was at all silly!! I really appreciate your suggesionts. And LFA means low functioning autism - sorry I didn't type that out before!<br><br>
Thanks again to all of you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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Im so happy I stumbled accross this thread<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My three yr old (ASD) has been very interested in the pc lately and has been struggling with the mouse thing as well.
 

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You made me start thinking about mice! found this one tonight<br><br>
.... A squeeze rather than a tap enables the child to click.<br><br><a href="http://www.kidzmouse.com/products/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.kidzmouse.com/products/index.html</a><br><br>
know nothing about the company, looks like there are a bunch of stores that carry that brand<br>
be sure to look at their decriptions though because a couple of them, maybe the ones labled scroll mice are just smaller in size.<br><br>
One cool thing they say is you can have 2 mice hooked up on one computer<br><br>
... many years ago we hd a beautiful calico that we called crazycat, she was such a good mama and mouser <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> the connection never occured to me until right now.... ' insert theme song from the twilight zone"
 
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