First of Its Kind Prescription Video Game May Help Maine Kids With ADHD
No doubt, at one time or another, you've been prescribed something to help you, but now a video game could be the latest prescribed help for children with ADHD.
Recently, a primary goal was reached by a company called Akili Interactive Labs, that conducted a late-stage study of a video game designed to treat children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The company is hoping to get his approved for the first prescription video game.
According to Rebecca Robbin's column at statnews.com, Akili's video game is played on a tablet and sends players on a journey right down a molten lava river and through a land of ice, thus rewarding them with points and stars as they complete various tasks.
The study consisted of 348 kids between the ages of 8 and 12 who have been diagnosed with ADHD.
The children were tasked with playing the game for over four weeks and saw statistically significant improvements in metrics of attention and inhibitory control.
These results were compared with children who were given a different action-driven video game designed as a placebo.
Akili CEO Eddie Martucci said,
"We are directly targeting the key neurological pathways that control attention and impulsivity."
The trick is to find out if the game actually targets brain activity or is it just general engagement with a treatment that could be appealing to children with the disorder, but leads to targeted goals and affects?
The CDC has stated that 11-percent of American kids have an attention disorder, so this will be interesting to see if this would be a good solution for those living with it.