An exciting game adventure
It is fun to develop specific skills by playing a game. Children are able to play Plan-It Commander independently at home, in which they step into the shoes of a space explorer that is on a mission to save the world. The space explorer gets immediately immersed into a thrilling storyline in which he or she can earn different rewards. In the subgames that are placed within the overall storyline layers face several difficulties, matching the different elements of ADHD. In the ‘Space Club’ children are able to interact with other players. They can watch and rate each other's actions, are able to help others and ask for advice. The game is both appealing and accessible. This particularly applies to children with ADD, who get easily bored and encounter concentration problems.
A group of 170 Dutch and Belgian children with ADHD - mostly boys - between 8 and 12 years old participated in a scientific study. The parents and teachers of the children were asked to fill in a questionnaire about the skills of their child. They did this before the start of the game and after 10 and 20 weeks. The children also answered questions about their ability to listen, plan, help others and manage their time. The research shows that children who played the game for 10 weeks, 3 times a week and parallel to their regular ADHD treatment, made significant progress in managing time, working memory and responsible behavior. This result was still visible after 20 weeks.