Video games have been shown to be highly motivating and enjoyable for children with cerebral palsy. A well designed video game has been shown to provide all elements required for effective motor learning, namely interactivity, repetition, multi-sensory stimulation, immediate feedback and motivation.
Thanks to The Children’s Foundation and a grant this pioneering new therapy has been piloted at the Cerebral Palsy Research & Therapy Centre. Ten North East children affected by cerebral palsy have taken part in the trial using innovative computer games designed by a computer games specialist.
The games were adapted to the needs of each child after a consultation, they then took a laptop and two Wii controllers away to practice the games in their own time and in the comfort of their own home.
To play the games successfully the children need to use both controllers, one in each hand, encouraging the use of the weaker hand and also improving the childs co-ordination.
A research trial to study the effectiveness of these video games to improve two-handed function of children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy is due to begin in 2011 with children from all over the North East of England.
You can find out more about the Limbs Alive project by visiting their websitewww.limbsalive.com