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A System in the Wild: Deploying a Two Player Arm Rehabilitation System for Children With Cerebral Palsy in a School Environment

Raymond Holt, Andrew Weightman, Justin Gallagher, Nick Preston, Martin Levesley, Mark Mon-Williams, and Bipinchandra Bhakta

Journal of Usability Studies, Volume 8, Issue 4, August 2013, pp. 111 - 126

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About the Authors

Raymond Holt

Raymond Holt

Dr. Holt is a Lecturer in Product Design at the University of Leeds’ School of Mechanical Engineering, researching the mechanics of prehension—how these are affected by conditions such as cerebral palsy and how therapeutic technologies and universal design can help to address this.

 

Andrew Weightman

Andrew Weightman

Dr. Weightman is a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University, where his research is concerned with developing assisted movement devices to aid motor learning, particularly in children.

 

Justin Gallagher

Justin Gallagher

Mr. Gallagher is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering, where he is carrying out research to develop intelligent adaptive assistive movement exercise systems aimed at motivating and developing physiotherapeutic movements for children with cerebral palsy and adults with stoke.

 

Nick Preston

Nick Preston

Mr. Preston graduated as a physiotherapist in 2000. He has worked in various Trusts in West Yorkshire and Manchester, specializing in pediatrics and working with children with cerebral palsy. He has worked in research at the University of Leeds since 2008 and is currently half way through his PhD.

 

Martin Levesley

Martin Levesley

Prof. Levesley is Professor of Dynamics and Control and Director of Student Education at the University of Leeds’ School of Mechanical Engineering. He leads engineering aspects on a range of multidisciplinary research projects aimed at developing intelligent systems to deliver automated restorative physical therapy in home and clinical environments.

 

Mark Mon-Williams 

Mark Mon-Williams

Prof. Mon-Williams is Head of the Institute of Psychological Sciences at the University of Leeds where he studies human movement control and learning (e.g., visual information use in prehension). His research has led to the development of a system for objectively measuring the manual control difficulties experienced by many children.

 

Bipinchandra Bhakta 

Bipinchandra Bhakta

Prof. Bhakta is head of the Academic Department of Rehabilitation Medicine within the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds, U.K. His research activity spans development of restorative rehabilitation technologies, clinical trials, qualitative research, health outcome and educational assessment, and vocational rehabilitation research.