Games in Healthcare

Casual Games Help Kids Cope with ADHD

PopCap Games LogoA recent study finds that kids living with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) find relief by playing casual games. The survey conducted by Information Solutions Group for PopCap Games, concludes that the game genre helps ADHD kids lessen their symptoms and focus better.

The survey interviewed 13,296 casual gamers, 422 of which were identified as children, ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old. Of this group, over half (52%) were said to be suffering with a mild (30%), moderate (55%) or severe (15%) form of ADHD. Read More...

Of the approximately 220 children suffering with ADHD who participated in the survey, benefits ranged from:

* 83% cited Improved concentration skills/Increased attention span
* 70% cited Improved hand-eye coordination/Manual dexterity
* 64% cited Stress relief/Relaxation
* 60% cited Learning (pattern recognition, resource allocation, spelling, typing skills)
* 56% cited Mental workouts/Memory strengthening/Mentally sharp and focused
* 55% cited Mood-lifting
* 51% cited Positive affirmation/Increased confidence/Sense of accomplishment

Joe P. of Athens, Georgia, father of a child diagnosed with ADHD, wrote in response to the survey, “He seems more relaxed and calm. We have also noticed after playing games, he can concentrate on school materials such as math, in which he has the biggest struggle, and not get frustrated with problems he doesn't understand.”

“It seems that children with AD/HD often lack that sense of control that comes much more easily to their non-AD/HD peers,” says Dr. Carl Arinoldo, a Stony Brook, New York-based psychologist of 25 years’ experience reports similar findings. “Playing casual games such as Peggle and Bejeweled, among others, is one area in their lives in which these children can experience some sense of control with the added benefit of achieving success in something. Both of these aspects, taken together, can serve to enhance the child’s self-concept and self-esteem.”

The survey was conducted online between April 2 and April 17, 2008.