How Video Game Intervention can improve Attention in Children With ADHD

Did you know that many children could benefit from the use of video games, especially if they are children with ADHD, and that is often being referred to as  “digital medicine’’?. Many people argue that it could help improve the levels of attention and awareness in children on the spectrum.

One of the most common characteristics that children with ADHD  is that they have impaired attention that is very persistent and difficult to treat, they are very hyperactive. They tend to follow their impulses no matter what they may be. 

Children with ADHD are sometimes treated with behavioral therapy, medication, and even mindfulness, which has shown to be a great ally in these situations. However, problems still persist, especially with their inattention. 

 

Inattention can be very challenging

Especially if you either don’t have the right tools to work alongside your child or if you do, but your child is still unresponsive to what you are saying or doing.

Researchers have hypothesised that children with ADHD were able to improve their attention performance after doing a four-week study trial that has now been published in The Lancet medical journal.

They also concluded that the video game they created (which was called AKL-TO1), was very good for children with ADHD. When they were asked to play the game for 25 minutes, five days a week, they were able to overcome obstacles that are often associated with the spectrum, as they had to develop essential skills in order to survive in the game as well.

 

You shouldn’t overdo it though…

This new research shouldn’t be taken as a free-pass for children to start playing their video games 24/7. If you are their parent, then you should still be able to discern on when they should be playing and for how long. Ideally, the time they spend (or the time they invest, if you want) in playing shouldn’t be more than 30 minutes a day. 

In this situation, boundaries are always welcomed. Otherwise, the opposite can also occur, and your child may be only interested in playing with video games.

This could be counterproductive, especially if you are interested in him or her going out and enjoying being in nature or with their friends. 

 

Lastly…

Sometimes, a thing may be perceived as useful, but in reality, it could end up being very bad for some individuals. You will have to assess whether or not this new research and suggested therapy will work (or not) for you and your child. 

This game was only developed for the duration of the research, though. 

And even though it has already been proposed, there is still not a ‘’video game therapy’’ for those children who have ADHD. 

It is also important to note that this was the first study that paved the way for other reviews. However, more research should be done over a longer time frame so as to see whether this video game therapy is something positive or negative, especially because it will be focusing on children with ADHD. 

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