Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wii Therapy - For War Vets and Burn Victims

On Saturday, March 27, 2010, over 30 therapists attended Stockton College's Seminar: Wii-Hab - Using Nintendo Wii in a Therapeutic Setting. Everyone who participated went away with new ideas for their setting.
One participant asked a great question about configuring the Wii Fit balance board for amputees. The questioning therapist wondered if the Wii Fit balance board would configure properly if the one on the board wore a prosthesis. The answer was yes, since the balance board responds to pressure applied it.
Many war veterans must learn to walk again using prosthetic limbs and games offered using Wii Fit help speed their recovery. A fellow soldier and his wife are working hard to help wounded vets gain access to this valuable tool. According to an article appearing online at www.wtop.com, "Air Force Staff Sargent David Flowers and his wife founded Wii's for Warriors, a group that gives away free Nintendo Wii Fit to amputees at Walter Reed."
Seminar attendees also learned about the value of games like the ones available through Wii applications for burn victims. At a hospital in New York City, a study is underway to assess if burn victims improve more quickly using a Nintendo Wii game in therapy or traditional cooking activities.

3 comments:

火吟 said...
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少菁 said...

若對自己誠實,日積月累,就無法對別人不忠了。........................................

Anita Hamilton said...

I saw a great poster at the WFOT congress in Chile about WiiHabilitation. Great to see it being used around the globe. Cheers, Anita