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Pediatr Phys Ther. 2012 Spring;24(1):78-84. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31823e05e6.

Motor control outcomes following Nintendo Wii use by a child with Down syndrome.

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Department of Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069, USA. patti.berg@usd.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
22207475
DOI:
10.1097/PEP.0b013e31823e05e6
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