RESEARCH: Sussex-based research shows using the Wii Fit could aid the development of children with movement difficulties, according to local NHS organisations.

Joint research by Sussex Community NHS Trust, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and academics in London and Oxford indicated that regular use of balance games on the Wii Fit could have a positive impact on the motor skills and social and emotional behaviour of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder.

The research team studied two groups of schoolchildren with movement difficulties or DCD over a one month period.

One group spent 10 minutes, three times a week using the Wii Fit during their lunch break, while the other group attended their regular Jump Ahead programme, which is aimed at helping children develop motor skills.

The results found significant gains in motor proficiency, the child’s perception of their motor ability and reported emotional well-being for more of the children in the group using the Wii Fit three times a week than those in the group not doing so.