Computer Assisted REhabilitation (CARE) Lab: A novel approach towards Pediatric Rehabilitation 2.0

Ivana Olivieri, Paolo Meriggi, Cristina Fedeli, Elena Brazzoli, Anna Castagna, Marina Luisa Rodocanachi Roidi, Lucia Angelini
2018 Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine  
Pediatric Rehabilitation therapists have always worked using a variety of off-the-shelf or custom-made objects and devices, more recently including computer based systems. These Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions vary widely in complexity, from easy-to-use interactive videogame consoles originally intended for entertainment purposes to sophisticated systems specifically developed for rehabilitation. This paper describes the principles underlying an innovative "Pediatric
more » ... abilitation 2.0" approach, based on the combination of suitable ICT solutions and traditional rehabilitation, which has been progressively refined while building up and using a computer-assisted rehabilitation laboratory. These principles are thus summarized in the acronym EPIQ, to account for the terms Ecological, Personalized, Interactive and Quantitative. The paper also presents the laboratory, which has been designed to meet the children's rehabilitation needs and to empower therapists in their work. The laboratory is equipped with commercial hardware and specially developed software called VITAMIN: a virtual reality platform for motor and cognitive rehabilitation.
doi:10.3233/prm-160436 pmid:29630562 pmcid:PMC6027946 fatcat:iyxtky4tqjgpvak3yxlgolzkme