8 Jun

Active video games can help children with autism.

Deficits in motor skills deficits are a key characteristic of many developmental disorders, including intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

A review of 19 studies on children’s and adolescents’ use of active video games, like Nintendo WII, found that these interactive games can help non-typically developing children improve critical motor skills.

In addition, these children improved their perception of their own motor competence and physical abilities after playing these games.

“These games involve moving the body during play and often mirror the naturalistic settings of the particular activity or sport, helping kids to master a particular skill in a low-pressure environment.”

Reference: Do Active Video Games Benefit the Motor Skill Development of Non-Typically Developing Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review, Zoey E. Page, Stephanie Barrington, Jacqui Edwards, Lisa M Barnett, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.05.001, published online 18 May 2017.


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