Virtual Reality Game Therapy for Kids Clinical Trial Begins

The Motivating Occupational Virtual Experiences In Therapy for kids (MOVE-IT) SBIR program (National Institutes of Health grant R44HD092169) supports telehealth delivery of intensive rehabilitation for pediatric hemiplegia through smart toy-enabled games that inspire high-dosage, task-directed upper extremity (UE) movements. The Phase II clinical trial is a two-site study that includes leading researchers and practitioners. The rater-blinded randomized, controlled trial assesses efficacy of home use by children with hemiplegia through change in gold-standard measures of UE function for a cohort using the MOVE-IT compared to a usual care treatment (UCT) group over a 10-week period. Study enrollment began in April and is projected to continue through Fall 2022.