Therapeutic Games Idea

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Mize, May 16, 2008.

  1. Mize

    Mize 3dfx Fan
    Moderator Legend Veteran

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2002
    Messages:
    5,073
    Likes Received:
    1,138
    Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio USA
    Hello programmers (I hope).

    My son has mild auditory processing disorder. One cause is delay in transmitting data between the halves of his brain.

    For example, if he hears a word in his left ear that sound travels (electrically) to the right side of his brain. There it is identified as language and sent back to the left side where language processing occurs. That process - in him and many other people - takes significantly longer than the same processing in the right ear since sounds in the right ear go to the left side for identification and sending to the language center doesn't require another crossing of the brain.

    So the theory goes that these processes can be sped up by stimulating growth of the nerve bundle between the two sides of the brain. To do this rapid transmission of data with rewards should work.

    So envision a Wii game where four to six tiles appear with words on them. A word matching one of the tiles is then "spoken" into one ear (headphones required) and the child must quickly select the right tile. They must do this so many times under a time limit to progress.

    A game like this (I don't think any exists) would prove or disprove the theories and could be hugely helpful to literally hundreds of thousands (many "autistic" kids actually have auditory processing disorder and are misdiagnosed).

    Think of a way to turn it into a more fun game an all the better but it has to focus on spoken and written language (both processed in the same place).

    I'm thinking of having him play Mario Galaxy with his left eye and ear covered since spatial stuff his handled on the right so the right eye and ear will have to pass it back and forth. His problems, however, only manifest in language in clinical tests...

    Any takers?
     
  2. Ty

    Ty Roberta E. Lee
    Veteran

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2002
    Messages:
    2,448
    Likes Received:
    52
    You may some success with some of the Brain Age games as I believe some of them stress the whole Left/Right Brain schism. Admittedly, it's been awhile since I played though.
     
  3. Davros

    Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2004
    Messages:
    15,508
    Likes Received:
    2,689
    mize if you can program some thing like that wouldnt be too hard to do on a pc
     
  4. Mize

    Mize 3dfx Fan
    Moderator Legend Veteran

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2002
    Messages:
    5,073
    Likes Received:
    1,138
    Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio USA
    Yeah...I could do it on the PC for sure with a mouse...and time.
    Been a while but like riding a bicycle I suppose.
     
Loading...

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Beyond3D has been around for over a decade and prides itself on being the best place on the web for in-depth, technically-driven discussion and analysis of 3D graphics hardware. If you love pixels and transistors, you've come to the right place!

    Beyond3D is proudly published by GPU Tools Ltd.
Loading...