Video Games to help children with ADHD

Some doctors are now prescribing a new video game called EndeavorRX to help children with ADHD.

Kelcey Sihanourath is one mother who has seen firsthand the benefits of the game for her son Owain, who was diagnosed with ADHD in pre-school.

“I could see him struggling to understand why he was unable to focus, and the frustration he had when he tried so hard and would still get distracted,” she says. “It broke my heart, but I felt trapped and completely useless.”

Help came in the end from what initially seemed very incongruous – a computer game called EndeavorRx. Now aged 13, Kelcey says she’s seen a significant improvement in her son’s concentration and focus after trying the game.

Some parents worry that their children spend too much time playing computer games, but Kelcey Sihanourath she’s pleased to see her son Owain pick up his tablet. EndeavorRX is a new video game that some doctors prescribe to help children with ADHD.

 

Now aged 13, Owain was diagnosed with ADHD in pre-school. Since then, the family have taken him to see occupational therapists help him better cope with everyday life tasks. They also tried the medication route but had to stop after the prescribed drugs exacerbated the boy’s regular migraines and made him sick.

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But after trying EndeavorRX, Kelcey says she’s seen a significant improvement in her son’s concentration and focus. “I would recommend this game to other parents,” she says. “It’s helped my son in ways other treatments haven’t.”

 

EndeavorRX isn’t currently available on the NHS but is being trialled in the US. If successful, it could also be prescribed to children with ADHD in the UK.

As well as helping with ADHD, EndeavorRX is also being trialled as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s and dementia.

So far, the game has been found to improve attention span, working memory and problem-solving skills in those with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.

It’s hoped that the game could help slow cognitive decline in older people by providing mental stimulation.

The game developers are now planning to conduct further trials on larger groups of people to confirm the findings.

If successful, EndeavorRX could be available to patients within five years.

 

EndeavorRX isn’t currently available on the NHS but is being trialled in the US. If successful, it could also be prescribed to children with ADHD in the UK. As well as helping with ADHD, EndeavorRX is also being trialled as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s and dementia. So far, the game has been found to improve attention span, working memory and problem-solving skills in those with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.

 

It’s hoped that the game could help slow cognitive decline in older people by providing mental stimulation. The game developers are now planning to conduct further trials on larger groups of people to confirm the findings. If successful, EndeavorRX could be available to patients within five years.

 

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