Serious Games, Interaction and Simulation. 6th International Conference, SGAMES 2016, Porto, Portugal, June 16-17, 2016, Revised Selected Papers

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Improving the Learning of Child Movements Through Games

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-51055-2_3,
        author={Miguel Raposo and Raquel Barateiro and Susana Martins and Tiago Cardoso and Miguel Palha and Jos\^{e} Barata},
        title={Improving the Learning of Child Movements Through Games},
        proceedings={Serious Games, Interaction and Simulation. 6th International Conference, SGAMES 2016, Porto, Portugal, June 16-17, 2016, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={SGAMES},
        year={2017},
        month={1},
        keywords={Developmental Coordination Disorder Serious games Kinect Sensor Natural user interface},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-51055-2_3}
    }
    
  • Miguel Raposo
    Raquel Barateiro
    Susana Martins
    Tiago Cardoso
    Miguel Palha
    José Barata
    Year: 2017
    Improving the Learning of Child Movements Through Games
    SGAMES
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-51055-2_3
Miguel Raposo1,*, Raquel Barateiro2,*, Susana Martins2,*, Tiago Cardoso1,*, Miguel Palha2,*, José Barata1,*
  • 1: Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • 2: Centro Diferenças – Centro de Desenvolvimento Infantil, Bela-Vista
*Contact email: mc.raposo@campus.fct.unl.pt, raquelmariabarateiro@gmail.com, susana.gmar@gmail.com, tomfc@uninova.pt, miguelpalha@diferencas.net, jab@uninova.pt

Abstract

A Developmental Coordination Disorder can be identified when children show motor skills either below the expected levels considered adequate to their physical age or the opportunities provided for their learning. This problem affects four to six percent of school-age children, meaning that, from a very early stage of their life, they have several difficulties to adapt to the daily needs. In order to reduce the impact caused by this disorder, a team of therapists from “ – collected a wide range of exercises that allow the stimulus of several motor areas, including both the Gross and Fine Motor Skills. However, the application of this therapeutics is restricted to regular appointments. Since the motor stimulus, in order to be effective, need continuous application, it was found to be necessary to have a tool that in a practical and affordable way, fulfill this need. Therefore, the proposal presented in this article describes the creation of a systematic collection of such exercises in a friendly user manner for the children to be able to exercise elsewhere.