Low-cost virtual reality intervention program for children with developmental coordination disorder: A pilot feasibility study

Tal Ashkenazi, Patrice L. Weiss, Danielle Orian, Yocheved Laufer

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To explore the feasibility of using a low-cost, off-the-shelf virtual reality (VR) game to treat young children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and to determine the effect of this intervention on motor function. METHODS: Nine children, aged 4 to 6 years, referred to physical therapy because of suspected DCD participated in 10 game-based intervention sessions. OUTCOME MEASURES: Outcome measures included Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2 (M-ABC-2), the DCD Questionnaire (DCD-Q), the 6-minute walk test, and 10-m walk test. RESULTS: Statistically significant changes were observed in the total standard score (P = .024) and the balance subscore (P = .012) of the M-ABC-2 and in the DCD-Q (P < .05). The children seemed to be motivated and to enjoy the interaction with the VR environment. CONCLUSION: VR games seemed to be beneficial in improving the children's motor function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-473
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Child
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Postural balance
  • Video games
  • Virtual reality therapy
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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