June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Computing & Information Technology
24.638.1 - 24.638.10
Gamification of Physical Therapy for the Treatment of Pediatric Cerebral Palsy: A Pilot Study Examining Player PreferencesPhysical therapy of the upper extremities has been demonstrated to be a useful treatment forpediatric cerebral palsy. This paper describes a custom-made Kinect-based health game calledBurnie that gamifies upper arm physical therapy for pediatric cerebral palsy patients by placingthe player in the role of a bird navigating a nature-themed obstacle course. This pilot studyevaluates the game for player satisfaction along the dimensions of graphics, controls, and overallenjoyment. In preparation for later testing with the target population of pediatric patients, aninitial pilot study was conducted with undergraduate students as test subjects using a post-testonly control group design. After subjects played the game for fifteen minutes, they evaluated thegame along the aforementioned dimensions using a pen and paper survey. Average observedratings (on a 10 point scale, higher being better) were: 7.65, 5.4, and 6.75, respectively. Theseresults indicate that Burnie is an enjoyable game experience, but in order to maximizeeffectiveness more research needs to be done on the control scheme to determine why it wasrated lower than the rest of the game. Identification of the specific factors that contribute tocontrol enjoyment is recommended. This work contributes to HCI by presenting a new methodfor leveraging computers to improve the quality of life of pediatric sufferers of cerebral palsy,and contributes to education by providing a new means for teaching individuals how to performspecific therapeutic gestures within a game-based learning session.
Whittinghill, D. M., & Brown, J. S. (2014, June), Gamification of Physical Therapy for the Treatment of Pediatric Cerebral Palsy: A Pilot Study Examining Player Preferences Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20529
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