A Video Game That Could Help Kids With ADHD May Be Prescribed By Physicians And Covered By Your Insurance

Can you imagine your kid being prescribed a video game rather than a medication bottle? For some parents, this may sound like a nightmarish treatment approach. But this treatment exists, and it’s currently being evaluated by the FDA in clinical trials just like any other prescribed treatments. The game is supposed to help kids who suffer from ADHD to filter distractions and stay focused. The lead game designer used to be the executive art director at Lucas Arts and led the design of the Star Wars video games.  

ADHD comprises a pattern of behavior that impairs performance in various settings, whether at school or home, for instance. Some of the symptoms include hyperactivity, inattention, poor time management, difficulty organizing and prioritizing, and impulsivity. So, when a video game is purposely focused on improving these symptoms, it may not only educate children but also help them develop the skills needed to overcome such symptoms in real life.

Sadly, many parents nationwide have children suffering from ADHD, which is not only affecting their performance in school but also in other areas of their lives. If the game is proved to be effective at addressing such symptoms efficiently, it’d be the first treatment of its kind used for medical reasons, and it could become a useful alternative treatment to traditional ADHD medications.

The game is currently in its fourth year of research, which is being conducted in Orlando, Fl at the Florida Clinical Research Center as well as other cities throughout the nation. If approved, parents will have the option of having the game prescribed and covered by some insurance companies.

Not all games out there are about bloodshed. Some help children read, write, do math, and excel academically. This may be the case for the new peculiar video game – a novel treatment plan for ADHD. Improvement is at the heart of these discoveries. If it works, why not? After all, the future of health care may be different from what we are accustomed to. Rather than eliminating new ideas, they should be channeled to the greater good.


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