Using Xbox Kinect based sensory technology to improve the functional mobility by allowing remote monitoring and modification of therapeutic activities for children with Cerebral Palsy in the home

Principal Investigator: Frank Pidcock

This is a small fesibility study where Kennedy Krieger will partner with Richard Simpson a rehabilitation engineer to provide the therapeutic and technologic resources for developing and implementing a remote monitoring and tele-therapy gaming system for children with cerebral palsy (CP).

Studies show that the more a child practices as part of their routine, the more independent they become. The proposed system would allow for more practice at home, yielding improved functional mobility in children with CP.

The research questions are:

1. Can the Xbox kinects base sensory technology provide accurate information, using parameters defined by the therapist?

2. Is functional mobility improved with a tele-therapy gaming system?

3. Is compliance improved using tele-therapy?

4. Does a home based tele-therapy gaming program decrease in-clinic therapy time?

5. Does time actively spent doing therapeutic exercises increase with a tele-therapy gaming system?