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Friday, June 28 • 2:10pm - 2:50pm
Bridging the Gap: The LearningWorks Model for Connecting Health-Game Users and Producers

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This presentation will follow an idea germinated in a psychologist’s office to help parents find and use popular games and apps for improving problem solving and academic skills in children with ADHD, Autism, and Learning Disabilities. We will describe early efforts including the use of popular games such as Roller Coaster Tycoon in group therapy,  homework guides for parents to talk to their kids about the their video game play, and the subsequent development of an informational website describing how popular console games could be used for improving critical-thinking and executive-functioning skills.

The current iteration, LearningWorks for Kids, is a subscription-based educational technology website directed primarily towards parents of children with special needs. We will describe how the current website, while providing a wealth of free information for all parents about how best to use popular games and apps to improve their children’s thinking and academic skills, has evolved to become targeted at families with special needs children. We will detail how it uses interactive assessment tools to individualize a profile and create an ongoing prescriptions of games and apps for children with ADHD, autism, and Learning Disabilities. Initial marketing, website development, and research will be discussed.

LearningWorks for Kids bridges the gap between users and producers by creating value-added material about popular games and apps that not only tell parents which games and apps to select,  but also, more importantly, how to transfer game-based learning skills to the real world. We show how popular games and apps can be used so that they become games for health. Finally, we discuss strategies so that game and app publishers can begin to integrate strategies for generalizing game-based skills to the real world and how they can more effectively market fun and engaging games as tools that can be useful for health and learning.  


Randy Kulman

Learning Works for Kids
Learning Works for Kids

Friday June 28, 2013 2:10pm - 2:50pm
Room C: Patriot Room

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