Towards a sensor-based system for assessing and monitoring powered mobility skills in children

in ASSETS 2017 - Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Conference paper (text)

Abstract

© 2017 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Children with motor or cognitive impairments who require powered mobility at a very young age will face social and environmental barriers that make learning how to use the mobility device a challenging task. We present a first approach of a framework to help therapists and service providers to assess and monitor how children use their mobility device, which results from the combination of a plug and play inertial sensor, and the support of the Assessment Learning tool (ALP) from Nilsson and Durkin. We performed a formative study on four able-bodied children using an electric wheelchair. Results suggest it is possible to measure children's driving skills with this approach, and that results can be mapped to the validated ALP tool. We present the limitations of our study and the direction of future work.