Deploying a Two-Player System for Arm Rehabilitation in Schools

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Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the commonest cause of disability among children in Europe (Johnson, 2002). Its effects and severity can be extremely varied, but a combination of arm impairments through weakness or spasticity and sensory deficits is common and can (i) significantly impair the ability of individuals with CP to carry out daily activities and (ii) create significant social barriers (Imms, 2008). Therapy is often used to aid the acquisition of motor skills, particularly in childhood, but a lack of physiotherapy resources means that this is often delivered through a self-managed home exercise programme. Exercises are frequently dull and repetitive, and children often lack the motivation to carry out these exercises, leading to poor compliance with the prescribed plan (Chappell and Williams, 2002).


Cerebral Palsy School Environment Assessment Task Limb Rehabilitation Assistive Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Engineering Systems and Design, School of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.A.P.H., School of Mechanical Engineering University of LeedsLeedsUK 
  3. 3.Academic Department of Rehabilitation MedicineUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  4. 4.Institute of Psychological SciencesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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