News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Computer Game Helps Children With Asperger’s

Clinical Study Shows Computer Game Helps Children With Asperger’s And High Functioning Autism

The delegates at this week’s congress of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists were presented a paper which will give hope to parents of children with high functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome. During a pilot clinical study, pre and post testing showed that children with high functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome benefited significantly from using a computer game designed to teach social skills.

The pilot clinical study used MyFriendQuest - a downloadable animation game for PCs that has been designed to help children recognise emotions and develop social skills. After approximately six weeks of play for three times a week, the children improved in recognising emotions, had a reduction in their anxiety levels - and in some cases initiated or developed friendships at school for the first time.

Pre and post testing included psychometric testing for facial recognition, social responsiveness and anxiety.

The MyFriendQuest game has been developed by award winning BrightMind LABS – under the clinical leadership and direction of Clinical Psychologist Dr Yvette Ahmad. Dr Ahmad commented that: “since this is a pilot study, these preliminary results should be taken with reservation. But if these results are an indication of what can be shown in future, these results are very exciting”.

The RANZCP 2010 Congress is an international conference with over 500 delegates in attendance – and included speakers such as Dr Nancy McWilliams of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychiatry; and past president of the American Psychiatric Association Professor Paul S Appelbaum.

MyFriendQuest is available for purchase and download to PC at www.myFriendQuest.com.

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis Review: Ans Westra & The New Photography At Te Papa

Te Papa's latest exhibition and publication focuses its corrective lenses on eight outstanding photographic pioneers who forged a bold new style during the 1960s and 70s. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Making History

Jock Phillips is a pioneering public historian who has sought new ways to communicate history to a wide audience. His autobiographical memoir is a fascinating account of how perceptions of history have changed through his career. More>>

New Budget Arts Funding: Fairer Wage For Grant Artists, Creatives In Schools

The vital contribution and huge value the creative sector brings to New Zealand is recognised in this year’s Budget with $11.157 million over four years for two new initiatives, the Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern said today. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Region MMR Change: Children To Be Vaccinated For Measles At 12 Months

The first measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination has been brought forward to 12 months from 15 months in Auckland because of the region’s measles outbreak. More>>

ALSO:

Tapu Te Ranga: Fire Destroys Main Building At Island Bay Marae

There was a large fire at the Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay early Sunday morning. Firefighters saved the meeting house, but the main building collapsed in the blaze and other surrounding buildings were compromised. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland