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An innovative system for interactive rehabilitation of children at the age of three

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Author(s): I. Chuchnowska | A. Sękala

Journal: Archives of Materials Science and Engineering
ISSN 1897-2764

Volume: 50;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 36;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Biomechanics | Rehabilitation | Kinesiotherapy | EEG sensor | Modelin

ABSTRACT
Purpose: The article discusses the assumptions and a concept of a system aiding progress in rehabilitation by stimulating a child’s senses through image and sound. A special rehabilitation device comprised of a training bike with a chair and a synoptic screen enables the patient to perform prophylactic and corrective exercises. Brain activity measurement with an EEG sensor is used as a function steering the rehabilitation process.Design/methodology/approach: The article discusses a method of combining traditional cyclotherapy with the stimulation of a child’s intellectual development with the Glenn Doman rehabilitation method or with music therapy depending on the degree of a child’s intellectual development.Findings: Combination of the traditional cycle-therapy with music therapy or Glenn Doman’s method in rehabilitation of small patients will help to maximize the children’s activity and their involvement, which at this stage of development is possible only by giving rehabilitation exercises an attractive form of plays and games.Research limitations/implications: In further stages of works it is expected to make a prototype device that can be transferred to a public benefit organization in order to conduct researches within their own works.Practical implications: The proposed device should be very effective in the rehabilitation process, even for the youngest children, and due to its relatively simple modular construction and the possibility of cooperation with many plays and games.Originality/value: The device being developed will include all the most important factors that may affect the physical structure of children and their psyche, which can directly affect the improvement of their health.
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