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2013 2013 2013 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H6hfC40hMcY/Ui3Iov6dclI/AAAAAAAA_4M/uewi-UEDbtI/s1600/Coordination.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H6hfC40hMcY/Ui3Iov6dclI/AAAAAAAA_4M/uewi-UEDbtI/s400/Coordination.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>Researchers from the <b><a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/">University of Leeds</a></b> are developing an innovative new robotic device that helps children to practise and improve their hand coordination.<br /><br /><b><a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=3431">Read the article on the Leeds University site.</a></b><br /><br />The robotic arm uses haptic technology – meaning it applies forces, vibrations or motions to the user – to guide a child's hand as they play computer games designed to help writing.<br /><br />The games the children play require them to practise hand and wrist movements commonly made during handwriting and other manual tasks.<br /><br />As the child plays the games, the robot's arm helps them learn the correct movements by pushing and pulling the pen in the direction required to make the right moves.<br /><br />The research has been led by Professor <b><a href="http://www.psyc.leeds.ac.uk/cgi-bin/10/people/index.pl?markmw">Mark Mon-Williams</a></b> and <b><a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=3431">Dr Liam Hill</a></b> at the <b><a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/">University of Leeds</a></b>, in partnership with the <b><a href="http://www.bradfordresearch.nhs.uk/%E2%80%8E">Bradford Institute for Health Research</a></b> and colleagues at the <b><a href="http://www.indiana.edu/%E2%80%8E">University of Indiana </a></b>in the United States.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vbSLr7U1_fk/Ui3K0Eg2LNI/AAAAAAAA_4Y/-dBSv7EFlTY/s1600/Mark+Mon.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vbSLr7U1_fk/Ui3K0Eg2LNI/AAAAAAAA_4Y/-dBSv7EFlTY/s200/Mark+Mon.jpg" width="186" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-size: medium; text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.psyc.leeds.ac.uk/cgi-bin/10/people/index.pl?markmw">Mark Mon-Williams</a></b></td></tr></tbody></table>Dr Hill said: "In trying to support a child with handwriting and coordination difficulties one of the major challenges teachers and occupational therapists come up against time and again is the limited time they have to work one-to-one with each child. In this respect haptic robotic technologies have huge potential efficiency benefits.<br /><br />"They provide a means by which children can receive supported practise, at a level which adjusts to their growing abilities, without the need for one-to-one interaction with a therapist."<br /><br />"Banks of these systems could be used simultaneously by multiple children in a clinic or in the classroom setting, under the supervision of a single overseeing professional."<br /><br />The first United Kingdom pilot of the device has just been completed, demonstrating its feasibility for use in the classroom.<br /><br />This was carried out with a small number of five- to seven-year-old children in Bradford with a wide range of manual abilities.<br /><br />The researchers investigated their level of motivation and enjoyment whilst practicing for 20 minutes on a variety of robotic arm tasks presented previously in US-based studies using the system.<br /><br />All the children found the tasks highly enjoyable and were able to perform them to an acceptable level.<br /><br />Differences in performance between children previously identified by their classroom teachers as having handwriting difficulties were also noticeable.<br /><br />Plans are now under way to run a larger intervention study within schools in Bradford that will formally investigate whether earlier research findings from the US can be replicated in younger schoolchildren in the UK.<br /><br />Professor Mon-Williams and Dr Hill presented their findings at the<b><a href="http://www.bps.org.uk/events/joint-cognitive-psychology-section-developmental-psychology-section-annual-conference-2013"> British Psychological Society's Cognitive and Developmental Sections Joint Conference</a></b>, in Reading.<br /><br /></div><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H6hfC40hMcY/Ui3Iov6dclI/AAAAAAAA_4M/uewi-UEDbtI/s1600/Coordination.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H6hfC40hMcY/Ui3Iov6dclI/AAAAAAAA_4M/uewi-UEDbtI/s400/Coordination.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>Researchers from the <b><a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/">University of Leeds</a></b> are developing an innovative new robotic device that helps children to practise and improve their hand coordination.<br /><br /><b><a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=3431">Read the article on the Leeds University site.</a></b><br /><br />The robotic arm uses haptic technology – meaning it applies forces, vibrations or motions to the user – to guide a child's hand as they play computer games designed to help writing.<br /><br />The games the children play require them to practise hand and wrist movements commonly made during handwriting and other manual tasks.<br /><br />As the child plays the games, the robot's arm helps them learn the correct movements by pushing and pulling the pen in the direction required to make the right moves.<br /><br />The research has been led by Professor <b><a href="http://www.psyc.leeds.ac.uk/cgi-bin/10/people/index.pl?markmw">Mark Mon-Williams</a></b> and <b><a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=3431">Dr Liam Hill</a></b> at the <b><a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/">University of Leeds</a></b>, in partnership with the <b><a href="http://www.bradfordresearch.nhs.uk/%E2%80%8E">Bradford Institute for Health Research</a></b> and colleagues at the <b><a href="http://www.indiana.edu/%E2%80%8E">University of Indiana </a></b>in the United States.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vbSLr7U1_fk/Ui3K0Eg2LNI/AAAAAAAA_4Y/-dBSv7EFlTY/s1600/Mark+Mon.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vbSLr7U1_fk/Ui3K0Eg2LNI/AAAAAAAA_4Y/-dBSv7EFlTY/s200/Mark+Mon.jpg" width="186" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-size: medium; text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.psyc.leeds.ac.uk/cgi-bin/10/people/index.pl?markmw">Mark Mon-Williams</a></b></td></tr></tbody></table>Dr Hill said: "In trying to support a child with handwriting and coordination difficulties one of the major challenges teachers and occupational therapists come up against time and again is the limited time they have to work one-to-one with each child. In this respect haptic robotic technologies have huge potential efficiency benefits.<br /><br />"They provide a means by which children can receive supported practise, at a level which adjusts to their growing abilities, without the need for one-to-one interaction with a therapist."<br /><br />"Banks of these systems could be used simultaneously by multiple children in a clinic or in the classroom setting, under the supervision of a single overseeing professional."<br /><br />The first United Kingdom pilot of the device has just been completed, demonstrating its feasibility for use in the classroom.<br /><br />This was carried out with a small number of five- to seven-year-old children in Bradford with a wide range of manual abilities.<br /><br />The researchers investigated their level of motivation and enjoyment whilst practicing for 20 minutes on a variety of robotic arm tasks presented previously in US-based studies using the system.<br /><br />All the children found the tasks highly enjoyable and were able to perform them to an acceptable level.<br /><br />Differences in performance between children previously identified by their classroom teachers as having handwriting difficulties were also noticeable.<br /><br />Plans are now under way to run a larger intervention study within schools in Bradford that will formally investigate whether earlier research findings from the US can be replicated in younger schoolchildren in the UK.<br /><br />Professor Mon-Williams and Dr Hill presented their findings at the<b><a href="http://www.bps.org.uk/events/joint-cognitive-psychology-section-developmental-psychology-section-annual-conference-2013"> British Psychological Society's Cognitive and Developmental Sections Joint Conference</a></b>, in Reading.<br /><br /></div><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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