Using games to treat Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability affecting children, with 34,000 Australians and more than 17 million worldwide. It involves an injury to a child’s developing brain, that leads to issues with movement and posture. As a result, physical therapy involves constant movement and exercise in order to maintain mobility in the legs, hands and arms.
‘Serious Games’ are games that aim improve physical activity and health while engaging those who play, and a new system called “ORBIT” aims to utilise serious games for children with Cerebral palsy, allowing them to go through physical therapy in an exciting and engaging way.
David Hobbs, a developer on the ORBIT system; And Rehabilitation Engineer at Flinders University, spoke with The Daily for more about this exciting breakthrough.
Produced by Maxwell Lewis