Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Online interactive games for children with serious illnesses or disabilities.

According to a recent article in USA today (November 6, 2006), several websites offer children on-line interactive games to help them learn and cope with their health problems or disabilities. Take a look! The USA Today article on-line has links to the organizations that provide the on-line games and related interactive activities.

Starlight Games Page

From the website:

Research Shows the Benefits of Starlight’s Programs Include Decreased Depression, Pain, Anxiety and Isolation
"Starlight is continuously conducting clinical research to evaluate and analyze our programmatic efforts to help seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation. Following are the overarching summaries of the results from the latest research studies on Starlight's programs."

"Research studies indicate that Starlight’s programs help seriously ill children and their families: experience less depression, anxiety, pain and isolation; better handle, understand, and manage their illnesses; and bond as a family."

"Research studies at institutions across North America have demonstrated the benefits of Starlight’s programs including improved self-efficacy, self-esteem, coping, knowledge, child responsibility, parent-child relationships, adherence; family cohesiveness and willingness to return for treatment; and a reduction in symptoms, depression, feelings of isolation and negative coping behaviors."

More about Starlight's Programs

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would just like to say "thank you" for all you've done and I am truly praying for your future accomplishments, Lynn. I am a home schooling Mom; I am administrator of a small private school that provides a few special education courses. I have a 12-year-old son with Asperger Disorder and am therefore an unwavering proponent of digital-techno education. When I found your blog while Google-ing "educational games" I could not believe the amount of time and energy you have devoted to our cause. You have essentially freed me from an overwhelming amount of "leg-work" in my quest to provide a quality educational experience to neurologically atypical children and teens. You are a gift from God to me because I suffer from severe depression and have for over 30 years. I am on medication which usually puts me aright; however, having entered perimenopause (I'm 48) I'm experiencing a rather challenging stage of life... Well, I just want to say a deeply heartfelt "thank you." Cielle (Please do not publish; this is for you.)