Teaching a Special Education Student to Count Money with a Haptic Device

James A. Jezewski, Kimberly R. Latuszek, and Mehrdad H. Zadeh


Human-computer interaction, Coin counting, Haptic, Special education


Many children with special needs have difficulty learning and counting money. One area of human-computer interaction that has not been explored is the combination of coin counting with a haptic device that allows the students to independently work with virtual money. This initial study focuses on the steps of determining if learning can occur with the aid of a haptic device through a case study. By applying a variety of techniques associated with the haptic device, the subject’s time and rate of error decreased. The results show that utilizing a haptic device helps the subject retain skills learned and improve performance over a series of questions and applications.

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