Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wii Sports Activities Encourage Speech in Aphasia Group

The versatility of Wii therapy, sometimes called wiihabilitation, becomes more apparent everyday. Although the software programs were not developed for therapy or with disabilities or rehabilitation in mind, so many of Nintendo Wii software applications offer opportunities for every member of the rehab team.
For those recovering from life events that alter their neurological, physical, or social functioning, the rehab team, led by a pysiatrist and most often comprised of an occupational therapist, a speech pathologist, a physical therapist, a clinical psychologist, a clinical social worker, a recreation therapist, a registered dietitian and a nurse create and carry out the plan of care that will propel the client forward toward a restored state of health. A stroke is one medical emergency that can alter a person's ability to live independently. Some who suffer a stroke experience residual language deficits known as aphasia.
The Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, New Jersey provides ongoing help to clients and families touched by aphasia. In addition to providing direct services, the staff conducts research. Therapists at this center recently conducted a research study and reported the results of observing communicative acts during Wii group activities. The poster is available online. This study of Wii use in therapy contributes to the growing body of evidence-based resources supporting effectiveness of Wii activities in rehabilitation. Readers can examine the results and learn how Wii-hab influences communicative acts among the aphasic population participating in this original research.