Rehabilitative Play Controllers

From 2014-2015, I worked  on a rehabilitative play therapy project with Dr. Joseph J. Crisco (Professor of Orthopedics and Engineering) at Brown.  We were investigating the use of our specially designed toy controllers as a means of upper extremity rehabilitation for children with neuromuscular impairments.

I was the primary researcher responsible for facilitating “Play Session” trials with subjects ages 5-12 and identifying outcome measures, analyzing data, and reporting results.  For my senior honors thesis, I incorporated new functionality to the controller, redesigned the computer interface, and recommended futures steps for developing an effective therapy program.  My design efforts were informed by play observations, user feedback, and analysis of biomechanical efficacy.