New video profiles therapeutic game that improves executive functioning in children with neurodisabilities

May 28, 2015

Children who use Carribean Quest, a therapeutic video game designed to improve their capacity to pay attention, remember, and regulate their emotions, find playing the game both challenging and fun.

NeuroDevNet's Knowledge Translation group has created a video showing players and facilitators in action. Two children, one with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the other with autism, play Caribbean Quest, supported by a trained facilitator who encourages and scaffolds the child when they experience frustration, and shares in the joy when the child achieves a new level of mastery.

Developed by University of Victoria researcher Kim Kerns and collaborators, Caribbean Quest has now been piloted as an intervention in school settings on Vancouver Island with children with FASD, and children with autism spectrum disorder. Both Kerns and University of Victoria colleague Sarah Macoun, who has studied the use of the therapeutic game in children with autism, are interviewed.