The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation funded a research project by David Hobbs, at Flinders University, titled Can children with cerebral palsy improve their hand sensation using special haptic computer games? A randomised controlled trial.
The aim of this project was to determine if the sense of touch can be improved in the hands of children with cerebral palsy (CP) who have a known sensory loss. This was investigated using a novel “in-home” computer gaming system within a randomised controlled trial (RCT), which provides the highest level of research evidence.
The technology trial was a world first. Demonstrating that touch sensitivity can be “trained” in children with CP has the potential to influence how rehabilitation professionals provide treatment for the impaired upper limb.
Seven News reporter, Megan Roberts, reported on David Hobbs’ 2013 CRF grant – Please click on this link to view the story.

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