Training of Cognitive Performance in Complex Tasks with a Tabletop-Based Rehabilitation System
M. Augstein, T. Neumayr, I. Karlhuber, S. Dielacher, S. Öhlinger, J. Altmann - Training of Cognitive Performance in Complex Tasks with a Tabletop-Based Rehabilitation System - ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 2015
As previous studies have shown, tabletops can be used in neuro-rehabilitation to train different abilities that have been (temporarily) lost due to acquired brain injury, like motor skills or attention or visuo-constructive skills. However, complex skills like problem solving abilities have been considered only marginally in computer-based rehabilitation systems until now, partly because ``complex skills'' consist of a high number of distinct capabilities which makes it difficult to cover at least a large part. Nevertheless, fun.tast.tisch., a tabletop-based rehabilitation system, has recently been extended by a module that aims at training complex skills. The module was designed based on methods and tasks used in conventional therapy.
This paper describes therapeutic considerations underlying the design and implementation of the module, discusses the interaction modalities used (e.g., the concept of pen-based interaction on tabletops in addition to touch and tangibles) and provides an overview on the module's interaction and graphic design. The module has already been tested with a small number of selected patients in the therapy setting. The findings of these initial user tests are summarized and discussed.