Tratamento Complementar para Crianças com Paralisia Cerebral baseado em Realidade Virtual (Complementary Treatment for Children with Cerebral Palsy based on Virtual Reality)

Juliana Martins Oliveira (jullianamartins@gmail.com)2, José Clailton M Jorge (jclailton@gmail.com)1, João Batista F. Duarte (furlan@unifor.br)2, Victor Hugo Costa de Albuquerque (victor.albuquerque@unifor.br)2


1Núcleo de Aplicação em Tecnologia da Informação (NATI), Centro de Ciências Tecnológicas (CCT), Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Ceará, Brasil
2Programa de Pós-Graduação em Informática Aplicada (PPGIA), Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Ceará, Brasil

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Aug. 2016
Volume: 14,   Issue: 8 
ISSN: 1548-0992


Abstract:
Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It is caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movements. Normally, the conventional treatments are tiresome and onerous, causing disinterest in continuing the same. In this work is presented a new virtual environment to be used as complementary tool for children's rehabilitation treatment with cerebral palsy. The integration between the child and the virtual environment occurs through leap motion sensor, and Mindwave sensor responsible for the hand motions and measuring the level of attention, respectively, during the carrying out of an activity. To validate the proposed approach, eight specialists were subjected to application of a questionnaire considering that the proposed complementary environment can be an alternative tool more promising to improve the quality of life of children with cerebral palsy.

Index Terms:
Cerebral Palsy, Leap Motion, Mindwave, Alternative Treatment, Virtual Reality, Unity, Blender.   


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