Technology and Therapy: adding heart rate monitoring to video games helps kids with self regulation

“When Children Can Benefit From Playing Video Games” reports on the work by a group of researchers in Boston who have developed video games to help kids with anxiety, anger management problems and ADHD develop more effective self regulation.  Their games are similar to regular video games, but the child is hooked to a heart monitor, which increases the effectiveness of the training.

Virtual Reality treatment for pain – “better than medication?”

Virtual-reality worlds filled with penguins and otters are a promising alternative to pain killers, posted on the business news site Quartz.com on 5-2-17, provides a thorough review of the opioid abuse crisis and alternative, evidence-based treatments for chronic pain, including virtual reality (VR) treatments. The author notes that relaxation training can work well, but requires muti-session training programs, practice between appointments, and “in general life gets in the way” for many pain patients.  And, many pain patients don’t want a “program,” and are seeking quicker and easier treatments.