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Video Game Therapy Used To Help Treat Kids With Chronic Pain

Video Game Therapy Used To Help Treat Kids With Chronic Pain | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

The Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. opened a new pain care complex this week which was built to introduce video games as a way to help young patients eliminate chronic pain. The games are specially designed and combined with Microsoft’s Kinect to help young patients improve their health without realizing it as games ask them to paint, play and exercise while doctors are on hand to analyze their range of motion.

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Check out the video in the link. It shows how kids are using the intereactive programs and gives a glimpse of the potential of  what this new complex can achieve. The "pod beds" also look very interesting.

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Céline Merchiers's curator insight, May 20, 2013 6:12 PM

This article shows an interesting combination of the hospitals services combined with the use of a special video game in a new pain care complex. This video game is specially designed and combined with Microsoft's Kinect to help young patients improve their health without realizing it while playing the game. The use of ICT in this case gives the patient the opportunity to perform a better range of motion and feeling a greater distraction from their pain.

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How 'Minecraft' Is Connecting Kids Caught Up in the Israel-Palestine Conflict | Motherboard

How 'Minecraft' Is Connecting Kids Caught Up in the Israel-Palestine Conflict | Motherboard | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
"For many of the children this is the first positive interaction they’ve had with a counterpart of the same age from a country that has been demonised by their society"
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Depression and Webcomics: How a Comic About Mushrooms Taught Me to Love Myself

Depression and Webcomics: How a Comic About Mushrooms Taught Me to Love Myself | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Just a heads up: this article is going to talk about my experience with depression, anxiety, and self care. If some or all of these things make you uncomfortable, or are a trigger for you, proceed ...

 

"Including themes of mental health and self-care in webcomics makes them easily and widely accessible."

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Experiencing ‘Deep,’ the Virtual Reality Game That Relieves Anxiety Attacks

Experiencing ‘Deep,’ the Virtual Reality Game That Relieves Anxiety Attacks | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Owen Harris's game is so effective at calming stress it has made grown men cry.
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A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays

A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Many young patients resort to tv to pass the time during long hospital stays. A mobile maker project aims to ignite creativity, while helping kids solve problems they face during their visits.

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Patient becomes a comic book hero to help other kids with PID

Patient becomes a comic book hero to help other kids with PID | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

The book, based on the real-life experiences, concerns and questions of 11-year-old Tom Croall, was written and peer reviewed by doctors and leading patient and professional organisations to help young people understand primary immunodeficiency and the impact that the condition may have upon their lives.

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Wounded soldier uses video game to ease pain

Video on msnbc.com: Imagine if doctors could prescribe video games for severe pain instead of painkilling narcotics.  Rock Center’s Natalie Morales meets a burn patient whose success story using virtual reality is described as nothing short of miraculous. After an IED attack in Afghanistan in 2008, Lt. Sam Brown says playing a virtual reality game has helped manage his pain better than taking morphine.

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Psychologists Find a Surprising Thing Happens to Kids Who Read Harry Potter

Psychologists Find a Surprising Thing Happens to Kids Who Read Harry Potter | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Harry Potter's greatest feat might not have been defeating Voldemort, but teaching young people around the world to battle prejudice. At least that's the finding of a new paper in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, which claims reading the Harry Potter series significantly improved young peoples' perception of stigmatized groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees.

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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, August 1, 2014 10:58 AM

This is interesting research.  I think it probably holds true for any literature that focuses the awareness on prejudice and discrimination, not just for Harry Potter.  I think more studies on this effect would be useful.

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Is It Therapy or Is It a Video Game?

Is It Therapy or Is It a Video Game? | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Head-mounted displays, joysticks and surround sound systems may be coming soon to a therapist’s office near you.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, July 15, 2014 10:00 AM

The near future, filled with digital paraphenalia!

Micah Russo's curator insight, July 15, 2014 2:03 PM

Applications of games continue to spill over into other fields.

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Star Trek’s Tricorders Are Almost Here

Star Trek’s Tricorders Are Almost Here | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

As Star Trek nears its 50th anniversary, most of its imagined technologies remain light years away. But several startups and research projects claim they can approximate the functions of the tricorder, that handheld device used to instantly diagnose a disease or analyze the atmosphere of an alien world. Just how close are they?

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Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, July 5, 2014 4:30 AM
SciFiction (and wizardtech in fantasy) still the best source of ideas for innovation ...!!!
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How Text Messaging Is Helping Victims Of Violence

How Text Messaging Is Helping Victims Of Violence | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Watch Over Me is an ingenious app that turns the smartphone into a emergency alert system. It's just the latest mobile tool that is helping people reach out for help when they need it.

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Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl

Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

“I wonder if Katie might be ready to pass along her Stormtrooper armor to another little girl who has been bullied and who needs a little love and a reminder that she shouldn't ever need to hide who she is.”

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Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. And now a Michigan psychiatrist is developing an app he hopes doctors will someday use to predict when a manic episode is imminent in patients with bipolar disorder.

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Video Game Therapy for Children in Hospital

Video Game Therapy for Children in Hospital | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Insurance company and hospital in Colorado partner to offer a comforting break for kids facing surgery and long hospital stays with video games.

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Video Games Can Make Kids Healthier, Happier, And More Successful In School

Video Games Can Make Kids Healthier, Happier, And More Successful In School | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

"Whenever I tell people about my own work, they immediately tell me about watching one of Jane’s very popular TED talks."

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Jordan Shapiro interviews Jane McGonigal about her book Superbetter and how video games can make a difference in schools.

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Real Star Wars Heroes Gather at Celebration Anaheim

Real Star Wars Heroes Gather at Celebration Anaheim | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
In a special panel, veterans discussed the positive role that Star Wars plays in their lives.
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World of Warcraft's charity pet raises $1.9M for Ebola relief in Africa

World of Warcraft's charity pet raises $1.9M for Ebola relief in Africa | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
World of Warcraft's recent charity pet, the space goat named Argi, helped raise more than $1.9 million in donations to help fight Ebola over the holidays, Blizzard said today.
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TIM BURTON & NICK CAGE’s SUPERMAN LIVES Screenwriter Reveals 'Our Superman Was in Therapy'

TIM BURTON & NICK CAGE’s SUPERMAN LIVES Screenwriter Reveals 'Our Superman Was in Therapy' | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

I was very much taken by Tim's approach, which was that Kal-El was not told by Jor-El, before he got put in the little spaceship, who he was or where he came from,” Gilroy tells Indiewire. “So poor little Kal-El, when he winds up on earth, he has no freaking idea where he came from. His biggest fear is that he's an alien. Our Superman was in therapy at the beginning of the film. He's in a relationship with Lois Lane and he can't commit. Or he was maybe in couple's therapy. But he can't commit because he doesn't know who he is or what is going on with him. He's hoping that he has some physiological condition that gives him these powers but that he's still human.”

 

Gilroy states that in his script draft, Clark Kent doesn’t realize he’s an alien until Lex Luthor finds remnants of the spacecraft that took him to  Earth.

 

“It was all about the psychological trauma of it,” added Gilroy. “I loved it.”

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Traceyknits's curator insight, October 31, 2014 11:16 AM
I so wish that would have been made
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A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children

A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Is gaming healthy? It depends on how we collectively define ‘health.’ Dr. Przybylski’s study uses a widely accepted SDQ (strength and difficulty questionnaire) method of measuring “internalizing and externalizing problems,” “prosocial behavior,” and “life satisfaction.” He found that in some cases, gaming is beneficial. “Compared with non-players, children who typically invest less than one-third of their daily free time showed higher levels of prosocial behavior and life satisfaction and lower levels of conduct problems, hyperactivity, peer problems, and emotional symptoms.”

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"In other words, video games are comparable to other kinds of imaginative play. And play, most folks tend to agree, is of vital importance. Adults and children need more of it. However, the popular notion that somehow video games belong in a different category–such as ‘bad play’–is absurd."

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Comfortably numb: how virtual reality can soothe nervous patients

Comfortably numb: how virtual reality can soothe nervous patients | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Virtual reality headsets could soon become a common sight in operating theatres after a groundbreaking experiment in Spain.

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How A Game Helps Disadvantaged Women and Children Around the World

How A Game Helps Disadvantaged Women and Children Around the World | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Half the Sky Movement is a transmedia initiative that was created to shed light on the struggles of mothers, young girls and their families in countries like Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan.

 

What makes this initiative so appealing and powerful is how it combines different forms of media to share stories, raise awareness, and find solutions to a host of serious gender-based injustices.

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Goggles help surgeons ‘see’ tumours

Goggles help surgeons ‘see’ tumours | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

The newly developed goggles allow surgeons to 'see' the cancer cells they need to remove.

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How Scientists Are Using Games to Unlock the Body’s Mysteries

How Scientists Are Using Games to Unlock the Body’s Mysteries | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

This playful approach to doing science is part of a larger trend, what has become known as the gamification of life. 

It’s this tinkering approach, this trial and error, that is the basis of play. Beginning when we could hold a rattle, we all learned to solve problems by playing with them. Only now we can all play and contribute to science, too.


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A Touch of Magic

A Touch of Magic | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

"I've talked to so many people over the years who have shared how Magic [The Gathering] has positively impacted their lives that I felt it was time to actually document some of this in an article."

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Geek Therapy: Connecting with clients through comics, video games and other ‘geeky’ pursuits

Geek Therapy: Connecting with clients through comics, video games and other ‘geeky’ pursuits | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

With geek therapy, “You’re dealing with people’s passions,” says Kuniak, .... “It helps us to create a common language, to facilitate conversation. It makes us more human to people. … The biggest benefit is that it makes us more accessible.”

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Xbox One Kinect used in therapies for kids with cerebral palsy

Xbox One Kinect used in therapies for kids with cerebral palsy | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Bloorview Research Institute in Canada are developing games using the Kinect that help children with cerebral palsy gain their motor function.

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