This autumn the physical and occupational therapists from Children's Rehabilitation Sanatorium “Saulutė” based in Druskininkai had extraordinary opportunity to try the Kinect for Windows motion-based playful learning solution in children with motor and intellectual disabilities rehabilitation.
This opportunity occurred due to international collaboration between European technological research and development institutions in the frame of M4All project. Association “Langas į ateitį” respond to the call to join a pilot experience and invited “Saulutė” to join.
During October 15 – November 15 three young specialists were running activities with 22 kids with development disorders aged 6-17 y.o. Both the specialists and kids were impressed and very enthusiastic about this new activity. “During this implementation teenagers were interested in these games as much as younger ones and were highly motivated to play. Even they were already tired, they still wanted to continue gaming. By playing these games kids were physically active in comparison with compulsory daily exercises.” – told physical therapist Danutė Gudžiūnaitė.
After the pilot ended therapists presented its results to the sanatorium community: other specialists and parents. Specialists highlighted the importance of games in rehabilitation process and foresaw more activities with Kinect games included.
Thanks to the M4All project the Kinect camera after the pilot stayed in the sanatorium for further daily use.
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