An interactive cognitive-motor training system for children with intellectual disability

Caterina Senette, Amaury Trujillo, Erico Perrone, Stefania Bargagna, Maria Claudia Buzzi, Marina Buzzi, Barbara Leporini, Alice Elena Piatti

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Abstract

It is increasingly evident that engaging in regular physical activity is important for people’s health and well-being. However, physical training is still a big challenge for individuals with cognitive disabilities since it is difficult to motivate them and provide them with sustained pleasant training experiences over time. Active Video Games and Exergames may help achieve this, especially in the younger population. This paper describes an accessible Interactive Cognitive-Motor Training system (ICMT) created to encourage physical activity in children with cognitive disabilities by combining cognitive and gross motor training. The system was developed at a low cost, on top of an open source rhythm game, which has built-in support for dance pads and large video screens. The application employs user profiling in order to deliver personalized training. Performance data are recorded for further analysis to verify the training’s efficacy and if needed, to tune the intervention. A pilot study showed the effectiveness of the proposed system, which by taking advantage of the positive effects of playing videogames, appears to encourage cognitively impaired people’s physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Methods, Technologies, and Users - 12th International Conference, UAHCI 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages571-582
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319920511
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event12th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Jul 15 2018Jul 20 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10907 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period7/15/187/20/18

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Keywords

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Physical activity
  • Video game

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Senette, C., Trujillo, A., Perrone, E., Bargagna, S., Buzzi, M. C., Buzzi, M., Leporini, B., & Piatti, A. E. (2018). An interactive cognitive-motor training system for children with intellectual disability. In Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Methods, Technologies, and Users - 12th International Conference, UAHCI 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings (pp. 571-582). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10907 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92049-8_42