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Video games may hold benefits for ASD patients

Video games may hold benefits for ASD patients
6th September 2012

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could benefit from playing video games, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention claim that patients are often fascinated by screen-based technology and video games could be used for educational and treatment purposes.

The team explained that ASD patients often possess good visual perceptual skills and respond to visual stimuli. Therefore, video games can engage children with learning, planning, organisation and self-monitoring activities.

They also claim that the technology could reinforce and develop social behaviours without requiring human interaction.

Bill Ferguson, editor-in-chief of Games for Health Journal, commented: "Children and young adults with ASD have unique opportunities to capitalise on their interest and aptitude in video games as a resource to develop desired social behaviours and life skills and to increase their physical activity."

The treatment potential of video games is increasingly starting to be investigated, including their ability to improve outcomes in stroke patients.

Read about support and personalised care at Barchester care homes for anyone with mental health concerns.