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Motor Control Outcomes Following Nintendo Wii Use by a Child With Down Syndrome

Berg, Patti PT, MA, MPT, NCS; Becker, Tiffany PT, DPT; Martian, Andrew PT, DPT; Danielle, Primrose Kimberly PT, DPT; Wingen, Julie PT, DPT

doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31823e05e6
Case Report

Purpose: The purpose of this work was to examine motor outcomes following an 8-week intervention period of family-supported Nintendo Wii use by a child with a diagnosis of Down syndrome (DS).

Summary of Key Points: A 12-year-old child with a diagnosis of DS and with limited Wii exposure was asked to play Wii games in the home 4 times each week for 20 minutes each session for 8 weeks. Family members were encouraged to participate. The participant chose what games to play and selected 4 different games. Repeatedly practicing the skills involved in these games resulted in improvements in the child's postural stability, limits of stability, and Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, 2nd edition balance, upper-limb coordination, manual dexterity, and running speed and agility standard scores.

Conclusions: Wii game use by a child with DS may elicit improvements in highly practiced motor skills and postural control.

The authors describe an intervention that allowed a child with DS to choose and play Wii games over a period of 8 weeks. Improvements in tests of postural balance were seen after this intervention period.

Department of Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota.

Patti Berg, PT, MA, MPT, NCS, Department of Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark, Vermillion, SD 57069 (

This work was completed while authors Becker, Martian, Reich, and Wingen were students in training.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.