The Effectiveness of a Computer Game-Based Rehabilitation Platform for Children With Cerebral Palsy: Protocol for a Randomized Clinical Trial

Kanitkar, Anuprita and Szturm, Tony and Parmar, Sanjay and Gandhi, Dorcas BC and Rempel, Gina Ruth and Restall, Gayle and Sharma, Monika and *, Amitesh Narayan and Pandian, Jeyaraj and Naik, Nilashri and Savadatti, Ravi R and Kamate, Mahesh Appasaheb (2017) The Effectiveness of a Computer Game-Based Rehabilitation Platform for Children With Cerebral Palsy: Protocol for a Randomized Clinical Trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 6 (5). 1 (e93)-9 (e93). ISSN 19290748

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Abstract

Background: It is difficult to engage young children with cerebral palsy (CP) in repetitive, tedious therapy. As such, there is a need for innovative approaches and tools to motivate these children. We developed the low-cost, computer game-based rehabilitation platform CGR that combines fine manipulation and gross movement exercises with attention and planning game activities appropriate for young children with CP. Objective: The objective of this study is to provide evidence of the therapeutic value of CGR to improve upper extremity (UE) motor function for children with CP. Methods: This randomized controlled, single-blind, clinical trial with an active control arm will be conducted at 4 sites. Children diagnosed with CP between the ages of 4 and 10 years old with moderate UE impairments and fine motor control abnormalities will be recruited. Results: We will test the difference between experimental and control groups using the Quality of Upper Extremity Skills Test (QUEST) and Peabody Developmental Motor Scales, Second Edition (PDMS-2) outcome measures. The parents of the children and the therapist experiences with the interventions and tools will be explored using semi-structured interviews using the qualitative description approach. Conclusions: This research protocol, if effective, will provide evidence for the therapeutic value and feasibility of CGR in the pediatric rehabilitation of UE function.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Repetitive task practice; cerebral palsy; fine motor skills; game-based exercise; randomized controlled trial; upper extremity function
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 07:20
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 07:20
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/148932

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