Clinical trials are showing positive results that video games could have the potential to benefit elderly patients with dementia and children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
After the success of early trials with older adults, researchers began to focus their attention on improving brain function, particularly in children with ADHD.
Benjamin Yerys, PhD, a clinical psychologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research, is one of the researchers conducting a clinical trial for a video game created to help children with ADHD called EVO. The hope is that the software will become the first to be approved as medical therapy by the FDA.
While the research still has a long way to go, Yerys is impressed by some of the initial studies in adults. He talked to the Portland Tribune about the need for alternative therapies, particularly in children with autism spectrum disorder.
According to Yerys, only about half of autistic children who suffer from attention deficits respond to the drugs typically prescribed for ADHD, and many suffer significan side effects. An alternative in the form of a video game would be especially welcome for those children.