Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) for typing skill training for people with mild mental handicap: A pilot study

Jackson K.K. Wong, Wai Ping Cecilia Tsang

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Objective: To evaluate the effect of a computer-assisted instruction (CAI) programme for typing skill training for people with mild-grade mental handicap (MH). Methods: Eighteen participants with mild-grade MH were recruited in this pilot study. Each participant was given the training once every week for a total of 3 weeks, each session lasting for 90 minutes. The training programme was a CAI programme with visual search strategies to enhance typing skills of people with MH. Their typing abilities were assessed before the training, and 1 week and 4 weeks after the training programme. Using one-way repeated measures ANOVA, typing speed and accuracy rate were compared. Results: Significant differences were found on typing speed and accuracy (p<0.001) after the 3-week CAI programme. High levels of accuracy and significant improvement in typing speed might indicate that automatic processing might have occurred. Conclusion: This study supported the role of visual search strategies and demonstrated a positive effective of CAI in enhancing functional performance among people with MH.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalHong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Learning
  • People with mental handicap
  • Visual search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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