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Wii: A Game Changer for Maine Hospitals

Wii: A Game Changer for Maine Hospitals | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A number of hospitals around Maine are using Nintendo Wii in their physical and occupational therapy programs.

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This articles has a few stories of different hospitals in the area using Wiis and the patients who benefited from them.

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Kirsten Milliken's comment, August 6, 2013 5:39 AM
WHo knew? In my own backyard!
Laura Wiesner's curator insight, November 8, 2013 8:12 PM

This article is talking about how the nintendo wii is able to help childred with physical therapy. Certain games can help with certai issues, just like the fishing game that was mentioned in the article. My question is that did nintendo wii do this on purpose knowing that this would be beneficial, or was it discovered. Now that wiki has been informed about this, will they specialize in games that will aid in physical therapy? Now will other gaming devices try to invent games to help with this issue? 

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Using Video Sports Games to Engage Students with Disabilities

For special needs students, opportunities for participating in physical activity lessen as they get older. This is related to the highly structured nature of competitive sports as well as the complex motor and social skills needed to navigate team sports.

 

While the use of dance, aquatics and even yoga are becoming more prevalent at special needs schools, some forward-thinking institutions are also looking at off-the-shelf technology applications.

 

Does it work? In a recently published article, Dan Stachelski of the Lakeside Center for Autism in Issaquah, Washington, noted that researchers have found multiple cases where students with developmental disabilities easily interact with an onscreen character that mimics their motions because the game world is more predictable and less threatening (to them) than "the real world."

 

Students can benefit from a video sports game curriculum via increased body fitness, improved self-esteem, improved ability to manage stress, healthy body composition, flexibility, strength and endurance, as well as developing the social skills necessary to participate in team sports. By using a video sports curriculum, students also set the stage for life-long physical improvements because this activity helps reduce barriers to access, whether those barriers are physical, emotional or psychological.

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Video Games Keep Elderly People Emotionally Healthy, New Study Says

Video Games Keep Elderly People Emotionally Healthy, New Study Says | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
A new study from the North Carolina State University suggests that elderly people who play video games report a better well-being and emotional functioning.
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Here is another report suggesting a possible link between video games and improved emotional health, this time among adults over the age of 63. I'm curious to know exactly what games were played and users' skill levels as those factors can make a huge difference. 

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