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Teaching Mouse Skills

Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:20 am

I have a child who has difficulty using the mouse. We have a small child-sized mouse, but there are some cognitive issues at play that are making it hard for them to understand how to use the mouse. Does anyone know of a program that will present a contained 'safe', game-like environment to teach how the mouse works, how to move, click, and use the right and left buttons?

Thanks for your help.

W. H. Heydt
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Re: Teaching Mouse Skills

Thu Jul 01, 2021 2:47 am

You might try something like Tux Paint.

Alternatively, get a trackball and see if using that is easier. Another alternative would be a trackpad. I hate them, but many people swear by them.

(My now 13-year-old grandson has been using a trackball since he was 5, even though the computers in school used mice. I offered to replace the trackball with a mouse and he turned the offer down. He likes the trackball.)

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Re: Teaching Mouse Skills

Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:54 pm

You can use scratch for this purpose. Scratch is a child-friendly programming environment. It features many animated characters including humans and animals.

Function of mouse can be easily demonstrated by scrap. For example, If you press left click, a cartoon will move left, if you press right click, the same cartoon will move right and so on.

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