Child’s play: Using virtual reality to advance physical therapy (incl. video)

(null)

“Northeastern University’s Danielle Levac develops video games to make phys­ical therapy more fun, moti­vating, and rewarding for patients—especially for chil­dren with move­ment impair­ments, such as those with cere­bral palsy.

Levac, pro­fessor of phys­ical therapy in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, invited a group of fifth-​​grade stu­dents from Boston’s Ellis Mendell Ele­men­tary School to visit her lab last week.

The young stu­dents sat in the Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Games and Vir­tual Reality Lab­o­ra­tory illu­mi­nated by floor-​​to-​​ceiling screens with vir­tual worlds on them, and learned about what phys­ical ther­a­pists do and how research can ben­efit their patients.”

Photo by Matthew Modoono/​Northeastern University

By Casey Bayer at Northeastern University News

Read more: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2016/06/childs-play-using-virtual-reality-to-advance-physical-therapy/