October is National Physical Therapy Month. The staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville devised an activity to illustrate several therapeutic attributes of Nintendo Wii based treatments. The PT department at this nationally recognized hospital started a boxing tournament designed to illustrate how the Wii gaming system can be used to help young patients develop strength, improve motion and boost quality of life in an engaging way. The PTs are also providing insight to the participants as to how therapists can grade an activity to foster success for those with less function or challenge those with increasing ability.
The benefits of using Wii in occupational, physical and speech therapy seem limited only by the knowledge and creativity of the therapist designing the plan of care. Would you like to improve your level of expertise in using Nintendo Wii in your therapeutic setting? Contact Mershon W. Hinkel at the email address on this blog's profile page to find out about an opportunity to gain experience using the Wii in therapy by attending the workshop,entitled WiiHab: Using Nintendo wii in a Therapeutic Setting.