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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-17604

Pyk, P; Wille, D; Chevrier, E; Hauser, Y; Holper, L; Fatton, I; Greipl, R; Schlegl, S; Ottiger, L; Rückreim, B; Pescatore, A; Meyer-Heim, A; Kiper, D; Eng, K (2008). A paediatric interactive therapy system for arm and hand rehabilitation. In: Virtual Rehabilitation 2008, Vancouver, Canada, 25 August 2008 - 27 August 2008, 127-132.

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Paediatric rehabilitation using virtual reality systems pose unique usability challenges distinct from those in adult rehabilitation. These challenges relate to the different epidemiology and aetiology of children�s disorders requiring rehabilitation and the physical design of interactive virtual reality hardware for children of varying sizes. Just as importantly, children need highly entertaining interactive scenarios that suit their differing levels of cognitive development and thus their differing abilities to comprehend gaming scenarios. In this paper we present our virtual reality-based Paediatric Interactive Therapy System (PITS) designed specifically for upper arm rehabilitation in children aged from five years of age upwards. It incorporates a range of interchangeable position sensing devices (compass, bend sensor, pressure sensor and camera tracking) that can be adjusted to a large range of different hand sizes, and interactive gaming scenarios specifically designed for maximum entertainment value for children. We describe the neuroscientific principles behind our system, the technical details of the hardware components and the design of the interactive scenarios. An initial usability and patient acceptance pilot study has been conducted at the Rehabilitation Centre Affoltern of the University Children�s Hospital Zurich. To date all patients have accepted the system, and trained in reaching and grasping tasks at a far higher rate than in conventional occupational therapy. The system thus promises to be a valuable complement to conventional therapeutic programs offered in rehabilitation clinics.


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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Neuroinformatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Event End Date:27 August 2008
Deposited On:11 Mar 2009 08:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:10
Additional Information:© 2008 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE
Publisher DOI:10.1109/ICVR.2008.4625148
Related URLs:http://www.virtual-rehab.org/2008/
Other Identification Number:ini:18087

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