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What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

Handbook of Research on Improving Learning and Motivation through Educational Games: Multidisciplinary Approaches
A developmental disorder the essential features of AD/HD is a continual pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity, comparable to what is typically observed in individuals of the same developmental level. To be diagnosed with AD/HD, a minimum of 12 symptoms listed in the DSM-IV-TR (APA, 2000) must have persisted for at least six months to a degree that is inconsistent with the appropriate developmental level, and have been present before the age of seven years. Symptoms should be observed as present in two or more settings (e.g., at school and at home), and must demonstrate clear evidence of significant impairment of functioning in social and academic environments.
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Game-Based Learning: Current Research in Games for Health, a Focus on Biofeedback Video Games as Treatment for AD/HD
Krestina L. Amon (The University of Sydney, Australia) and Andrew J. Campbell (The University of Sydney, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-495-0.ch028
Whilst biofeedback video games are still new to AD/HD treatment options, this Chapter demonstrates that with children growing up in a technologically advanced world, it is not surprising that the prospect of learning relaxation skills to clear the mind, and calm anxiety or frustration, and receive treatment through a video game would increase a child’s interest and cooperate with biofeedback treatment.
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