Video Games a Solution to ADHD Learning Disabilities: Researchers

Richard Zhao, an assistant professor in UofC’s Department of Computer Science, says the study brings the application of computer science research to real cases.

CALGARY- Researchers at the University of Calgary (UofC) say video games and “gamifying post-secondary survival skills” are effective solutions to ADHD learning disabilities.

Richard Zhao, an assistant professor in UofC’s Department of Computer Science, says the study brings the application of computer science research to real cases.

“We’re looking at using gaming technology…artificial intelligence to help students with ADHD and learning,” Zhao said in a tweet.

dr. Meadow Schroeder, associate professor and collaborator on the project, says the research shows that gaming can make students with ADHD more successful.

“Students with learning disabilities and ADHD often have major difficulties transitioning to post-secondary, and this project is really a unique opportunity to make this content accessible to them,” says Schroeder.

She adds that working with undergraduate students added creativity and fun to the project.

Tanya Keto, a registered psychologist and manager at Foothills Academy Society, says children with learning disabilities and ADHD should receive support as they transition to post-secondary.

“The collaboration between educational psychology and the computer science department, it’s really one of those areas that I had no idea and no understanding of… Trying to find a way to translate our work, which is educational psychology, into the technical space, said Keto.

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