A new publication has just been released by the engineers at Zyrobotics which discusses a new study examining the use of cause-and-effect apps on improving motor skills. The publication is titled “Pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of a mobile-based therapy and educational app for children.” Zyrobotics’ CEO, Dr. MacCalla, will be presenting the findings of the study at the first workshop on Mobile Medical Applications on November 6th in Memphis, Tennessee.
A summary is as follows:
In the early child development literature, cause-and-effect refers to a child’s understanding that an action can produce a result to control the environment. Through play, a child typically learns the concept of cause-and-effect, which is an important step in their developmental process. For many children with disabilities, purposeful movement across space will not occur until they understand this concept of cause-and-effect. A child, who does not clearly understand that their movements will result in an interesting effect, will have less motivation to move. Learning cause-and-effect is thus an important step in a child’s developmental process, and many teachers and therapists use cause-and-effect apps as an assistive tool for children with special needs. It therefore seems appropriate to begin the process of building evidence in this space. As such, we conducted a pilot study to collect empirical evidence on the effect of a mobile-based healthcare application, designed for children, that is focused on improving motor skills. Results from the protocol, which involved eighty-five participants, show that these types of apps may result in a significant change in motor skills learning.
More information can be found at: Pilot Study Paper on Cause-and-Effect Apps