Video game motivates disabled children

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A video game is showing positive signs that it can motivate young children with disabilities.

Research from the University of Victoria in British Columbia suggests Dino Island can improve the brain function of youngsters with a cognitive disability.

In the game players explore a fictional island where they solve puzzles which adapt to their level of learning.

Sarah Macoun, principal investigator with the Dino Island Intervention Project, told Times Colonist: “We know that those abilities are universally impacted in children with all neurodevelopmental disabilities, brain injuries or chronic health problems and if not addressed early on they can lead to secondary problems.”

Each completed challenge rewards the player with virtual coins which can be used throughout the island.

Trail runs of the game is being played by children with autism being supervised by an adult in the same room.

One of the 35 autistic children who have played Dino Island is the daughter of Jennifer Cox.

“Once she starts playing the game she really focuses and stays there,” said Cox, “As a teacher I see that this could be used in schools for some of the kids who have trouble in school, and for parents of autistic students it could be really beneficial in helping them learn focus and providing them different ways to do that.

“There’s a lot of potential there. We are still in the early stages, but so far I have a good feeling about it.”

For more information visit the Dino Island website.