Virtual Reality-based Training for the Motor Developmentof People With Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities




Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Intellectual and multiple disability


This study investigated the potential of using a virtual reality-based motor coordination and cognitivetraining for people with intellectual and multiple disabilities, focusing on their autonomy and communityparticipation. A low-cost innovative interaction interface between the user and the virtual environment wasproposed to provide a more realistic and intuitive interaction experience. Nine people with disabilities wereselected from an institutional care for people with disabilities and they were enrolled in a four-week experiment,which consisted in going through three challenges. The results show that the patients demonstrated statisticallysignificant improvements regarding the task gave, also based on the observational analysis of the instructorand physiotherapist. Thus, the analysis indicates that the VR-based method can be effective in the motordevelopment of those patients, improving their autonomy and cognitive skills.


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Author Biography

Rodrigo Luis de Souza da Silva, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora

O pesquisador possui graduação em Ciência da Computação pela Universidade Católica de Petrópolis, mestrado em Engenharia de Sistemas e Computação pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, doutorado em Engenharia (Interdisciplinar) pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro e Pós-doutorado em Ciência da Computação pelo Laboratório Nacional de Computação Científica. Atualmente é professor e pesquisador do Departamento de Ciência da Computação da Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora. Suas principais áreas de interesse são Realidade Aumentada, Realidade Virtual, Visualização Científica e Computação Gráfica


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How to Cite

Cunha, R. D., Neiva, F. W., & Silva, R. L. de S. da. (2019). Virtual Reality-based Training for the Motor Developmentof People With Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities. Revista De Informática Teórica E Aplicada, 26(3), 40–49.



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