Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Wii Remote Accessory May Increase Therapeutic Value for High Level Clients

Nintendo plans to release a new accessory for the Wiimote.  The Wii MotionPlus can be easily attached to the remote. Once attatched, this device enhances the remote's ability to detect and reflect arm and wrist motions.  This increased sensitivity and accuracy may improve Wii's value as a therpeutic tool for rehabing higher functioning clients.  By enhancing the remote's ability to detect even the slightest movement of the wrist and arm, Nintendo might be making it easier to target specific muscles and to encourage increases in strength, coordination and endurance .  The release date for this attachment is June 8, 2009 for the USA markets.   

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you found that this accessory does in fact enhance the sensativity of the Wii remotes with a geriatric population?

meli9282 said...

Do you have any advice or could you refer me to research studies that prove efficacy in the school based environment. I am currently providing OT services at a private school for children with learning disabilities.

mamashon said...
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OTRmershon said...

Dr. J. Deutsch and collegues wrote an article presenting evidence based research of Wii benefits for a student in a school based program. http://www.ptjournal.org/cgi/content/short/88/10/1196

OTs working with Lon Thornburg in Oregon http://nolimitstolearning.blogspot.com/

write about piloting a program for school aged children. Check out what he says. Good luck!
Your program will generate outcomes so remember to choose a consistant measure like standing tolerance or improved balance for upper and lower extremity dressing and keep track of your results.