Enabling people with developmental disabilities to actively perform designated physical activities with Nintendos Wii Balance Boards

Research in Developmental Disabilities
Volume 32, Issue 6, November-December 2011, Pages 2780-2784

Ching-Hsiang Shiha, Chiao-Chen Chunga, Ching-Tien Shihb, Ling-Che Chena

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AbstractThe latest researches have adopted software technology turning the Nintendo Wii Balance Board into a high performance standing location detector. This study extended Wii Balance Board functionality to assess whether two people with developmental disabilities would be able to actively perform designated physical activities according to simple instructions by controlling their favorite environmental stimulation using Nintendo Wii Balance Boards. This study was carried out according to an A–B–A–B design. Data showed that both participants significantly increased their target response (performing a designated physical activity) by activating the control system to produce their preferred environmental stimulation during the intervention phases.

Highlights► Commercial high-technology products can be modified in their default functions to be used as high performance assistive devices. ► The Nintendo Wii Balance Board can be used as a high performance standing location detector. ► Two people with developmental disabilities can control environmental stimulation through the Wii Balance Board by performing a designated physical activity.

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