In the short time available post-stroke or brain trauma, many therapists focus on lower limb rehabilitation and train only compensatory strategies for the upper limb. Most clients have untapped potential before rehabilitation time is cut, and they are discharged home to minimal services.
I was impressed with the ableX system during observation with a client. I had never seen a client so engaged in the task for 45 minutes when focusing on upper limb rehabilitation.
A client can be taught to set up themselves and self practise, or have their carer or an aid assist set up. This enables clients to transition from the intensive rehab setting or “station training” in a hospital or private clinic towards a returning home training set up. Everyone has a computer or TV to run the software through.
The major plus for a therapist is that the client is fully interacting with the therapy games by engaging cognitively in the game and functionally in the task. This linking of movement to the cognitive motivational aspect of a screen game can optimise the training effect.
And, with the client engaged in the task the therapist can then use the ableX tools to assist training and show progress using the outcome measures for each session. A reduction in therapists’ one on one time, while still being able to assess a baseline and monitor progress is exciting.
As a clinician the ableX system is an exciting adjunct to what is available at present.