System and Method for Assessing a Child's Posture and Recommending Ameliorating Actions
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-22
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed is a system and a method that can detect a child's posture impairment and then accordingly send an alert to a caregiver, or take or suggest amelioration action.
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System and Method for Assessing a Child '
The novel contribution is a system and a method that can detect a child's posture impairment (e.g., incorrect gait, incorrect body posture post-surgery, etc.), learn possible amelioration actions, and then accordingly take or suggest amelioration action.
Challenges that indicate a posture problem may include a hunchback, rounded shoulders, forward head, awkward gait, etc.
The system can offer strategies for ameliorating actions such as (but not limited to):
• Setting specific, clear, and achievable goals for the child, such as staying focused on a certain correct posture for a designated period. Some examples for ameliorating actions are:
- Visual guidance/exercises to improve the posture
- Alerting the caregiver/parent or therapist (providing the history/context)
- Embedding improvement exercises in a game (by providing appropriate incentives)
- Using vision-driven games to practice the correct posture
• Providing rewards and consequences in the manner of positive reinforcement
when practicing posture. Continuing positive reinforcement in a consistent manner over time produces good habits. Examples of positive reinforcement include:
- Child earns rewards (e.g., points, prizes, treats, etc.) for completing small goals
- Child loses a desired item or free time for not finishing the small goals
The system learns speech patterns for cohorts of users (e.g., children with special needs, different languages, multiples, multilingual families, etc.) and takes the best ameliorating actions.
Capabilities of the system include:
• Learning the posture changes of a child over time, and seeking the root causes of the problem. For example, the incorrectly aligned chair makes a child sit in a unbalanced way, spending too much time on the cell phone makes a child have a forward head, old running shoes makes a child run in with unbalanced steps, a sofa with incorrect cushion placement makes a child have a hunchback.
• Detecting challenges in posture before/after surgery or accidents (i.e., any big life events)
• Calculating immediate and future health risks and eventual consequences of certain postures
• Educating a child and/or caregivers on proper amelioration techniques and benefits of consistent maintenance
• Tracking progress data and informing caregivers
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• Assessing a child's emotional changes while performing correct posture training and then setting the level of difficulties based on the assessment
• Assessing the child's progress in posture, and then adjusting goals and amelioration actions for posture correction to reflect the new status
• Learning posture change scenarios (e.g., such as who is around the child, what the child is doing, where the child, the child's mood/emotional state, etc.
• Learning the duration, frequency, and time to correction of posture changes