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.
- Computer-assisted instruction
- People with mental handicap
- Visual search
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Occupational Therapy