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Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013 Winter;25(4):467-73. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182a74398.

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

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  • 1Clalit Health Services (Ms Ashkenazi and Dr Orian), Child Development Center, Carmiel, Israel; Department of Occupational Therapy (Dr Weiss), Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel; Department of Physical Therapy (Dr Laufer and Ms Ashkenazi), Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

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.

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