Research Article  |   June 2015
Upper-Limb Rehabilitation With Adaptive Video Games for Preschool Children With Developmental Disabilities
Author Affiliations
  • Hsieh-Chun Hsieh, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, National Hsinchu University of Education, Hsinchu City, Taiwan; elsajj@mail.nhcue.edu.tw
  • Hung-Yu Lin, PhD, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Wen-Hsin Chiu, PhD, is Professor, Department of Physical Education, National Hsinchu University of Education, Hsinchu City, Taiwan
  • Ling Fu Meng, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  • Chun Kai Liu, PhD, is Project Manager, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation
Research Article   |   June 2015
Upper-Limb Rehabilitation With Adaptive Video Games for Preschool Children With Developmental Disabilities
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 2015, Vol. 69, 6904290020p1-6904290020p5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.014480
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 2015, Vol. 69, 6904290020p1-6904290020p5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.014480
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. This study used a novel device to make video games accessible to children with developmental disabilities (DD) by modifying the training software and interfaces to enhance motor training.

METHOD. In the pretest–posttest design, 20 children (13 boys, 7 girls; mean age = 5.2 yr) with DD received adaptive upper-limb motor rehabilitation consisting of fifteen 30-min individual sessions 3 times per week for 5 wk.

RESULTS. Improvement in Beery–Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration and Peabody Developmental Motor Scales, Second Edition, scores for children with DD indicated significant differences between pretest and posttest.

CONCLUSION. The rehabilitation device modified for the needs of children with DD is effective in improving visual–motor performance of children with DD.