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Video Games as Alternative Therapy June 11, 2007

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A new video game might prove to be a very productive use of time for young cancer patients: It helps kids fight their diseases figuratively and literally.The game, called “Re-mission,” is a 20-level journey through the bodies of fictional patients suffering from different types of cancer, and of course, it can be played by adults and healthy folks as well. But the primary idea is to give patients a sense of control over their disease.

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Children and adults around the world have embraced video games, with both positive and negative results. Here’s another shot in the arm for the folks who see video games as more than just an excuse to stay inside on a sunny day. Sparks of Genius uses video games as alternative therapy for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD), Asperger’s Syndrome, Memory training, to fight off Cognitive Decline, and build any number of Cognitive Skills including executive function.

Click here to check out their new Summer Brain Training Boot Camp!


This article reprinted with permission from Rotten Apples: News from the front lines of America’s War on Education.

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1. Aaron - June 14, 2007

I agree that there is a great potential for “video games” to evolve from entertainment into a form of therapy. Looking around I think that a company called Posit Science from San Francisco has a great computer program, which is validated by really legitimate scientific data. Everyone should check out their website http://www.positscience.com. It looks like the future of “video games” can bring about a real positive difference in peoples lives.

2. schoolsnoop - June 14, 2007

Thanks for the tip!


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