Performance of different pointing devices on children with cerebral palsy

Ting Fang Wu*, Ming Chung Chen

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    Abstract

    With the popularization of graphical user interfaces (GUIs), pointing devices have become standard equipment of most computer systems. However, for people with motor impairments, accurate cursor control is often difficult or impossible to achieve. The focus of this study is to empirically compare effectiveness of three different pointing devices on children with cerebral palsy in order to select the most efficient device for each individual. Computerized Assessment Tool was developed to assess clients' cursor control performance and to provide proper recommendations of pointing devices based on the results of assessments. Performance of pointing, clicking, and dragging of using different devices was measured. The results of this study indicated that Joystick seems to be the most effective device for children with cerebral palsy to perform cursor control tasks. However, factors such as each participant's experience and preference may be related. The instrument use in this study, CAT, seems to be a convenient tool for rehabilitation therapists to assess clients' cursor control performance. Replication of this study using a larger sample size, or recruiting clients with different diagnosis and various ages should be developed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
    Subtitle of host publicationApplications and Services - 4th Int. Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2007. Held as Part of HCI Int. 2007 Proc.
    Pages462-469
    Number of pages8
    EditionPART 3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1
    Event4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2007 - Beijing, China
    Duration: 2007 Jul 222007 Jul 27

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    NumberPART 3
    Volume4556 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

    Conference

    Conference4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2007
    Country/TerritoryChina
    CityBeijing
    Period2007/07/222007/07/27

    Keywords

    • Children with cerebral palsy
    • Computerized assessment tool
    • Cursor control movement
    • Joystick
    • Mouse
    • Pointing devices
    • Trackball

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)
    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Theoretical Computer Science

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