The Possible Therapeutic Benefits of Utilizing Motion Gaming Systems on Pediatric Patients Presenting Autism

Tenn Med. 2013 Sep;106(8):41-3.

Abstract

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects a growing number of children in the United States each year. It is characterized by substantive differences in brain structure and function that lead to long-term cognitive and social deficits. These differences, combined with the increasing prevalence of autism in children, warrant the need for development of innovative, cost-effective and widely available alternative and complementary therapies. Motion gaming has the potential to be highly efficacious as a therapeutic technique to aid in developing memory, facial recognition, motor skills and social integration in the pediatric autistic population. This paper outlines the major deficits in the brains of individuals with autism and describes how the use of motion gaming could capitalize on the individual strengths of each patient, leading to improvements in a variety of deficits.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Autistic Disorder / physiopathology
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology*
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Motion*
  • Video Games*