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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182a74398
Research Article

Low-Cost Virtual Reality Intervention Program for Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Pilot Feasibility Study

Ashkenazi, Tal MSc, PT; Weiss, Patrice L. PhD, OT; Orian, Danielle MD; Laufer, Yocheved DSc, PT

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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.

© 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.


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