Friday, February 17, 2012
One frequently heard criticism of video games in therapy has been the lack of evidence that using gaming actually impacts specific outcomes. Now a group of dedicated professionals has created a forum which will share the results of studies that use gaming as a variable in health care research. This peer review journal, Games for Health Journal: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications, will be published bimonthly by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. Therapists interested in using Wii or other gaming systems in their therapeutic setting may want to check this source out. A preview is available as well as an opportunity to sign up for a biweekly eNewsletter.
Just yesterday I was reminded of the importance of fun in therapy as I spoke with a student struggling in her fieldwork experience. Seasoned OTs forget from time to time to encourage our proteges to seek therapeutic activities that allow our clients to succeed while they experience a sense of enjoyment. Gaming is the perfect tool for bringing laughter, enjoyment and success into therapy. Follow the articles published in Games for Health Journal: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications to boost your own confidence for using Wii and other gaming systems during therapy sessions.