Computers for Handicapped Persons

Volume 860 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 336-341


Computer neuropsychological training in mentally retarded children

  • Enrico CastelliAffiliated withScientific Institute Eugenio Medea
  • , Geraldina PoggiAffiliated withScientific Institute Eugenio Medea
  • , Cristina FerraroliAffiliated withScientific Institute Eugenio Medea
  • , Vittoria TrebeschiAffiliated withScientific Institute Eugenio Medea


Informatic tecnology can be the right answer to deal with some neuropsychological troubles of children. The goal of this study is the application of computer programs as a possible strategy in rehabilitation of children with cognitive problems. Four programs were selected to stimulate various basic brain functions: problem solving, categorization, logical sequence and spatial thought. The programs were tested on a group of 20 mentally retarded young subjects matched with a comparison group of 20 like subjects trained with ordinary techniques. The computer trained group showed a significant improvement in tests involving attention, motivation for learning and problem solving abilities. These results, in our opinion, would confirm the usefulness of specific software as a rehabilitative method in dealing with cognitive problems of children.