How Video Games Can Help Kids With Special Needs

Video games are more than just “time wasters” or an inexpensive way to have some fun. They can be used as a tool to help children who have a variety of special needs. There are adapted controllers, games designed for kids with specific special needs, and even classroom applications for video games. There are plenty of parents who would describe themselves as “gamers”. These are the people who have been playing video games since they were children, and who are still playing video games today. There are also quite a few parents who feel that all video games are a … Continue reading

Things to Know About the Avenger Controller

Recently, there has been news regarding a video game controller that was originally designed to be used by gamers with disabilities. A scandal involving some less than polite statements from PR representative have taken the focus off the controller itself. Despite this, the Avenger Controller is still a useful tool for gamers to use, whether or not they have a special need. David Kotkin is a teacher who created a new type of video game controller for one of his students. The student had a disability that made it difficult for him to use a standard X-Box controller. The student, … Continue reading

Disney at E3 and Other Video Games Update

A Kinect demo booth at this year’s E3 The E3 Video Game exhibition might be over now, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop talking about all we learned about upcoming video games. Put E3 up there for me with other conventions, like Comic Con and the D23 Expo, that I’d love to attend one day. Disney didn’t dominate E3, as the company isn’t really known for putting out much more than thrown-together movie tie-in games. Titles like “Epic Mickey” and “Kingdom Hearts” are the exceptions to the rule, though the latter doesn’t quite count because it was a … Continue reading

Video Game Helps Kids Who Have Cystic Fibrosis

What sounds more fun to you: playing a video game, or doing physical therapy that your doctor wants you to do? Most, if not all children, are going to choose the video game, and skip the therapy. A professor has designed a video game that encourages kids with cystic fibrosis to do their therapy. Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes a person’s body to produce thick, sticky mucus. It can build up and cause problems with the person’s lungs, pancreas, and other organs. It can also can cause serious problems with breathing. Right now, there is no cure for … Continue reading