We have developed a motion-capture assessment tool using the Microsoft Kinect (Xbox) to measure children’s proprioception abilities (i.e., the ability to know where parts of the body are without seeing them). Currently, there are not many tools out there that are able to measure this, and the machines that are available are cumbersome, heavy, and expensive. We are investigating whether the Kinect, which is affordable and portable, will be able to accurately and reliably measure children’s proprioceptive abilities.
Participation involves a 1-time visit to our lab (Burke House) and the whole session should take around 1 hour. It will involve a matching game involving the upper limbs using the Kinect, several assessments of hand function (e.g. simple tasks such as lifting cans and scooping beans), and 2 assessments of sensory function (e.g. ability to identify objects that are out of the child’s sight). Children will be compensated with $10 and a small prize for his/her time!