Improving balance of individuals with intelletual and developmental disability through a virtual reality intervention

Journal of Physiotherapy & Physical Rehabilitation

ISSN: 2573-0312

Open Access

Improving balance of individuals with intelletual and developmental disability through a virtual reality intervention

6th International Conference & Exhibition on Physiotherapy & Physical Rehabilitation

August 13-14, 2018 | London, UK

Meir Lotan, Rony Hadash, Shay Amrani, Amir Pinsker, Patrice (Tamar) L. Weiss

Ariel University, Israel
Geva Briut physical therapy facility, Zichron Yaakov,
Physio-Max physical therapy facility, Hod-Hasharon, Israel
Herzel physical therapy facility,
Clalit Health Services, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Beilinson Hospital, Israel
University of Haifa, Israel

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: Physiother Rehabil

Abstract :

Introduction: This study investigated virtual reality (VR) as an efective and motivating program to improve balance of adults with intelletual and developmenatl disability (IDD). Methods: A two arm randomized control trial (RCT), with blind assessors was carried out in two different residential settings (referred to as A and B). Participants were randomly assigned to the control or research groups. Research group A: N=6; age mean (±SD) age=42.9 (±10.6); balance=9.8 (±2.2). Control group A: N=6, age mean=42.9 (±10); balance=11.3 (±3.2). Research group B: N=10; age mean 55.7 (±9.3); balance=17.4 (±4.2). Control group B: N=9, age mean=54.4 (±7.7), balance=17.4 (±4.2). Each 8-week intervention program consisted of two 30-minute sessions per week, using the SeeMe VR system. Pre-postintervention changes were measured by the timed up and go (TUG) test. Results: Significant (P<0.05) improvements in balance were demonstrated for both research groups in comparison to the control groups. Conclusions: VR technology as provided by the SeeMe system was found to be suitable as means of engaging adults with a moderate level of IDD, in vigorous activity, thereby improving their balance. The TUG balance test was found suitable to assess balance of individuals with IDD.

Biography :

Meir Lotan, MScPT, PhD is a Physiotherapist working as Senior Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, Ariel University, Israel. He is affiliated with the Israeli National Rett Syndrome evaluation team and is a world expert in Physical Therapy for Rett syndrome. He has a special interest in physiotherapy and persons with intellectual disability, children with autism, Snoezelen and physical activity for people with intellectual disability.



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