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

Rian Dutra Cunha, Frâncila Weidt Neiva, Rodrigo Luis de Souza da Silva

Abstract


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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Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Intellectual and multiple disability

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