A multiple baseline, single study research design was used with three subjects who received daily Wii balance training. The results indicated that two participants were equally motivated by traditional balance training and one participant was more motivated using the Wii. Improvements were seen in dynamic balance and functional ability. The results for static balance were inconclusive.
The researchers concluded that using the Wii is a safe and motivating tool for balance therapy for children with acquired brain injury. Further research was recommended regarding the use of the Wii for balance therapy.
Do you use the Wii in therapy sessions? I have before and wish I could bring one with me for so many students that I see, particularly older students.
Here are the positives:
- The motivation level is high
- there is wonderful visual and occasionally tactile feedback
- challenges motor planning skills
- excellent feedback for weight shifting of the lower extremities
- motor planning skills can be very challenging for some children on certain games
- difficult to travel with as a school based therapist
- cost for the entire system is a bit pricey if you are paying out of your own pocket
So back to the question do you use the Nintendo Wii in therapy sessions?
Reference:Wii-habilitation as balance therapy for children with acquired brain injury Sandy K. Tatla, Anna Radomski, Jessica Cheung, Melissa Maron, and Tal Jarus Developmental Neurorehabilitation 0 0:0, 1-15 doi=10.3109%2F17518423.2012.740508