Interactive surfaces and people with intellectual disabilities

Physical inactivity is an issue in many different populations. Research has shown that nursing home residents might be seduced to move and be active on an interactive surface. However, it is still unknown whether interactive surfaces have the same effect on people with intellectual disabilities.

Therefore, a pilot study is being conducted in clients with an intellectual disability. The aims of this study are to investigate:

- Whether interactive surfaces can be used during individual physiotherapy sessions for clients with an intellectual disability.

- How content users are with the interactive surfaces and how user friendly the interactive surfaces are.

- Whether interactive surfaces might be used as a tool to achieve therapy goals.

Eight clients participated in this study. Individual therapy goals were set for a time period of eight weeks. The interactive surfaces were used in the therapy sessions to work on these goals. The responses of the clients and physiotherapists to the interactive surfaces were mostly positive. Seven out of eight clients also made improvements towards the therapy goals set beforehand. Therefore, interactive surfaces seem promising for use in individual therapy sessions.