A low-cost video game applied for training of upper extremity function in children with cerebral palsy: a pilot study

Cyberpsychol Behav. 2008 Feb;11(1):27-32. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2007.0014.


The aim of the present study was to determine the user satisfaction of the EyeToy for the training of the upper limb in children with cerebral palsy (CP). User satisfaction was measured in 12 children with CP, using a postexperience questionnaire, primarily based on a presence questionnaire. In general, children with CP were satisfied with and motivated by the EyeToy training. In addition, a first evaluation study was performed to determine the effect of this training method on the upper limb function. Ten children with CP were randomly assigned to the intervention (mean age 11 years, 9 months; SD 2,3) and the control group (mean age 12 years, 3 months; SD 3,2). After a treatment period of 6 weeks, the intervention group completed a user satisfaction questionnaire. Functional outcome was measured using the Melbourne Assessment scores. Percentage scores of the Melbourne Assessment of 7 of the 10 children were the same or changed only 1% to 2% from baseline to followup. However, in the experimental group, two children improved more, 9% and 13% respectively. In conclusion, it can be said that the EyeToy is a motivational training tool for the training of children with CP and has the potential to improve upper extremity function.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology*
  • Cerebral Palsy / therapy*
  • Child
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Pilot Projects
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / methods*
  • Upper Extremity / physiopathology*
  • Video Games / economics*