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We interviewed Mike Smith, owner and clinic director of CBS Therapy, a speech, physical and occupational therapy clinic in Cranston, Rhode Island, about how he and his therapists use BEAM video game projector for therapy for kids.
BEAM: Can you tell a bit about your clinic?
CBS Therapy, Mike: CBS Therapy an outpatient pediatric clinic. We see kids for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language therapy, so we have kids coming in and out all day long. So we use BEAM video game projector for everything from motivation to goals written into their therapy plans for movement and getting them to communicate. So it’s been a great unit for us here at CBS Therapy.
BEAM: How long have you had the unit?
Mike: Two months.
BEAM: When you got it, those were the ways in which you’d planned to use it?
Mike: The big thing for us, when we got it, was that it was a new way to deliver service to our kids and to motivate them to do the work. The kids all love it-they love to go to therapy now. So whether it’s a motivational tool or part of the therapy, they enjoy it. There’s an intrinsic reward built into it. They have a lot of fun with it, and it differentiates us from other places that don’t have that sort of thing.
BEAM: What’s the main advantage you derive from it, differentiation, or patient motivation?
Mike: Both. It definitely differentiates CBS Therapy: parents who come to see us say, “hey, what’s this great thing we’ve heard about, this system,” and we turn it on for them and they love it. And they love seeing the kids enjoying the games as much as they do. And certainly it’s motivating for the kids because it doesn’t feel like work for them. Some of the movement therapy kids, who are working on building strength and coordination, in occupational therapy in particular, enjoy it because it’s a fun activity that they can play with another child or with a clinician, and it gets them working on their goals while playing, so it’s a lot of fun.
BEAM: What ages use it, primarily?
Mike: Three years old and up.
BEAM: How do you use it for speech and language therapy?
Mike: Well, for language stimulation, talking about what you’re seeing and what you’re doing, and for direction following. One use in particular is the ketchup and mustard squishing game. You can say, “I want you to squash five ketchups and then three mustards,” so you’re doing before-and-after, you’re doing conceptual development and direction following. For speech therapy, articulation and how they produce sounds, we use it for a reward. It works really, really well.
BEAM: Is there any other effect that it’s having on the business?
Mike: Well, I can find employees, when they’re not working, playing on it too! It’s a fun little stress release for them.
BEAM: How did you become aware of BEAM?
Mike: I saw one at a birthday party for kids at an inflatable park. Kids were playing on it, and I thought it might be good for our clinic, and sure enough, it’s turned out to be good!
BEAM: So it has clearly been a great complement to CBS Therapy, do you have any insights for other physical therapy clinics?
Mike: It’s a great tool. Very accessible for clinics, they can operate it on their own, it’s just great.