Thursday, January 04, 2007

Mad About Wii

If you were one of the lucky ones to get a Wii for Christmas, you know it can be quite a workout. But the Wii is also a great game and therapy tool that for the first time might allow many kids (as well as others) join in the fun. The cool thing about the Wii is that it's cross-generational. Siblings of very different ages can play together and really have fun, and so can Grandma and Grandpa.

The games that come with the system do all sorts of good neuro-work: eye hand coordination, motor timing, motor sequencing, motor planning, and spatial problem solving. There's bowling, golf, baseball, boxing, and tennis in Wii sports, but of course lots of add-on games to buy or rent.

These systems will be great for many kids with mild motor planning /sensory integration / "clumsy child" issues, visual-motor difficulties, and some dyslexics. Oh, and it might be pretty good for some of us couch potatoes, too.

The Wii is just dipping its toe into a more physically-demanding gaming technology, but it's terrific start. For kids who shunned conventional sports, it's exciting to see them be excited by the Wii, and gain surprising therapeutic benefits, too.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:59 PM

    My 11yo son bought one the day it came out (he'd worked hard and saved money since the summer), and I think it is terrific for him. He has low muscle tone, sensory integration dysfunction, and delayed gross and fine motor skills. Its the only time I've seen him having fun while having his arms swinging in all directions. It is a great equalizer. My son can be evenly matched with his more athletic friends, and everybody has a good time. I think this will be a great match for lots of kids with all sorts of disabilities.