HELP­ING THOSE WITH AUTISM AND ADHD

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

A video game might be ex­actly what kids need. Dig­i­tal treat­ment em­bed­ded in a game called Project: EVO helped kids with a dual di­ag­no­sis of autism and ADHD fo­cus bet­ter, both dur­ing the game and af­ter com­plet­ing it, ac­cord­ing to a small study in the Jour­nal of Autism and Devel­op­men­tal Dis­or­ders. About half of chil­dren who re­ceive both di­ag­noses don’t re­spond as well to ADHD med­i­ca­tions, mean­ing they of­ten deal with im­pair­ments in me­mory, at­ten­tion, and goal-reaching; this may make day-to-day life a strug­gle. The video game was de­signed by Ak­ili In­ter­ac­tive with re­searchers at Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of Philadel­phia, and a larger fol­low-up study is planned.

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