Thursday, July 14, 2011 - Blessing occupational therapists using Dynavision D2 as a new tool for patients with stroke, other neurological disorders

Blessing Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department has a new tool to help treat patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders and diseases.

The Dynavision D2 Visuomotor Training System, distributed by Bioness Inc., assists occupational therapists in the treatment of visual field deficits and visual and attention deficit disorders.

Originally developed to improve the visuomotor skills of athletes competing in sports such as hockey, basketball, football and tennis, Dynavision programs have been adapted to provide the same training benefits to those whose visual and motor function has been compromised by neurological injuries or diseases.

“It’s kind of like a video game. Patients enjoy working with the Dynavision D2 as a part of their therapy program because it is fun and motivating,” said Amanda Lindsey, an occupational therapist and certified brain injury specialist in Blessing Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department.

The Dynavision D2 board is motorized, so it can be adjusted to allow the patient to stand or sit. The system features red and green LED lights and easy-to-use software to activate four operating modes and up to six different light speeds in a game-like presentation.

“You can customize it to the patient’s needs or to make it more challenging,” Lindsey said.

Among the potential benefits patients may achieve from the Dynavision D2 are:

  • Increase in the speed, accuracy and efficiency with which they are able to absorb visual information under a variety of cognitive demands.
  • Improvement in the processing of visual information in static and dynamic environments to help compensate for the visual impairment caused by neurological injuries or diseases.
  • Improvement in hand-eye coordination.
  • Improvement in reaction times.
  • Increase in the efficiency to absorb visual information under a variety of cognitive demands.

“This can be used as an evaluation tool and a treatment tool,” Lindsey said. “It allows us to quantify visual, motor and visual scanning deficits, and show progress, more clearly.”

All of Blessing’s occupational therapists are trained to use the Dynavision D2 equipment in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation program.

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