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Treating ADHD with Video Games and Exercise

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD. We’re excited to have a relationship with LearningWorks For Kids where we will be cross-posting articles and supporting each other in emphasizing the positive aspects of gaming and technology. In this post, Dr. Randy Kulman talks about how gaming and exercise can help kids with ADHD. Read More

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APA Says Video Games Are Beneficial

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Did you know that earlier this year the world’s largest organization of psychologists recognized video games can be good for you? In January 2014, the American Psychological Association (APA) published a paper outlining the benefits of playing video games. This paper, called “The Benefits of Video Games,” and authored by Granic, Lobel, and Engles, is part of a growing body of scientific literature investigating the benefits of gaming. This paper is exciting and validating for gamers, friends and families of gamers, and those conducting video game research. Since papers like this can be difficult for non-professionals to digest, I decided to explain the findings using terms and examples anyone can understand. Read More

Tablets in the Classroom: Friend or Foe?

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School districts across the nation are passing resolutions and funding to add tablets, such as iPads, to school curricula. Recently, my children’s own district voted all students in third grade and above will be given iPads by the district for use in school and to take home. As a self-proclaimed tech parent, I was thrilled! I am excited to see how the teachers incorporate the iPads into their lesson plans and how this technology can help my kids learn. But I will also admit I am a little worried!

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5 Things Your Kids Are Actually Doing With Their Screentime

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Scenario: your kids are looking at screens, like, 24-7. You don’t think they’ve looked you in the eye in weeks. In fact, you’re starting to wonder whether they even remember what you look like. You’re worried they’re spending way too much time with their computers and consoles, and hey, let’s be honest—you miss your children!

Is this your child? We just can't recall.

Is this your child? We just can’t recall.

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When The FCC Acknowledges Game Accessibility, Everyone Wins

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A little while ago, I had the honor of interviewing Ian Hamilton and Jonard La Rosa about Accessibility Jam, which encouraged game designers to create games that were accessible for players with disabilities. In our interview, Ian mentioned another project that he has worked on, the Game Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines provide simple suggestions for game developers that can make a huge impact on the accessibility of their games. And since 20% of gamers have some form of disability, making games accessible benefits millions of people around the world.

Today I am pleased to announce that the Game Accessibility Guidelines has won the FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility! Read More

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Active Gaming Is Good for you–but why Make it all About Weight Loss?

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UnitedHealth Group has conducted a study on the effects of active video games on childhood obesity.

The 16-week program confirmed that children who played active video games on the Kinect lost more weight than their counterparts who were not provided with a Kinect system. According to the results, the kids who had a Kinect had an “increase of 7.5 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous activity.”

One of the girls from the study, 12-year-old Ravyn Hill, appreciated that the games she played were more “fun” than traditional exercise. The fun factor could contribute to helping kids stay active habitually.

Unfortunately, the study seems to have focused on weight loss and is not reporting other health factors that are more important, such as cardiovascular health.

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