If that headline caught your eye, you’re not alone – the FDA is really saying that, for a specific group of people, playing a certain video game amounts to medical treatment.

I know. Where was this when we were kids, right?

The game, called EndeavorRx, is a simple 3D game in which players move a vehicle around a course, dodging obstacles and targets along the way. It’s designed to improve the attention function of ADHD kids between the ages of 8 and 12.

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“Play your medicine.” That’s the tagline for Akili Interactive’s EndeavorRX, a singleplayer obstacle-dodging, target-collecting game for iPhone and iPad. It’s the first video game to be approved by the FDA as a prescription for kids with ADHD. EndeavorRX underwent seven years of clinical trials studying over 600 children. One-third of kids treated “no longer had a measurable attention deficit on at least one measure of objective attention” after playing the game for 25 minutes a day, five days a week, for four weeks. These improvements lasted for up to a month following treatment. Proving to be more than a mindless distraction, doctor-approved gaming marks a huge milestone for #indie healthcare alternatives. Edges: #IndieHealthBackslash #VaporizedBackslash Spotter: Can Guc @canerenguc Office: Integer Milan @integergroup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #akiliinteractive #endeavorrx #Rx #prescription #playyourmedicine #videogameprescription #FDA #ADHD #ADHDtreatment #healthcare #virtualmedicine #healthcarealternatives #FDAapproved #videogame

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“The EndeavorRx device offers a non-drug option for improving symptoms associated with ADHD in children, and is an important example of the growing field of digital therapy and digital therapeutics,” explained, Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

The FDA looked at multiple studies that involved around 600 children before approving the game as a treatment. They all found a marked improvement in scores on the Test of Variables of Attention Performance Index for the kids who played the game, and with only minor side effects, like headaches and frustration.

The side effects of traditional ADHD meds are often much worse.

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EndeavorRX oyunu ilaç olarak reçeteye yazılabilen ilk oyun olarak tarihe geçti 🤩 🙏🏻 Geçtiğimiz pazartesi günü Amerikan Yiyecek ve İlaç Kurumu ilk kez bir dijital oyuna tıbbi tedavi için onay verdi. 😇 Artık reçetede: “Günde yarım saat EndeavorRX oyunu oynasın” yazacak ☺️ 🎮 Oyun 8-12 yaş arası ADHD (dikkat eksikliği ve hiperaktivite bozukluğu) DEHB olan çocuklar için dikkatlerini geliştirmede işe yaraması nedeniyle çocuklara ve ebeveynlerine reçete olarak sunuluyor. 😇 Özel eğitim alanında dijital oyunların yararlarından bir çok makalemde de bahsetmiştim ama reçete olarak bir oyunun yazılması… bence bu tarz haberler ile #oyun sektöründe çok daha kaliteli ve faydalı oyunlar çıkacağını öngörebiliriz 👏🏻 “Kaliteli” #Dijital oyunları sadece #eğlence yada sadece #oyun olarak görmemek lazım efendim 😇 Yayımlamış olduğum makalemde geliştirdiğim dijital oyunun okul öncesi çocukların harfi tanıma ve sesini öğrenme kazanımlarında olumlu etki yarattığını ve çocukların okula gitmeden kendi kendilerine dijital oyunlarla harfleri ve sesleri öğrenebildiğine dair ben de #bilimsel kanıtlar buldum 😍 Günde yarım saatten her gün 4 hafta boyunca bu oyunu oynasın 🤗 Ne güzel bi reçete 😎 Daha fazla bilgi için: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/17/video-endeavorrx-is-first-video-game-approved-by-fda-to-treat-adhd.html 👍🏻 Bu güzel haber ile birlikte Herkese keyifli hafta sonları dilerim efendim 🙏🏻 #oyun #game #adhd #dehb #oyunlaştırma #videogame #endeavorrx #dijitaloyun #reçete #ilaç #edugame #eğitseloyun #eğitlence #ciddioyun #seriosgame

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Aliki and the FDA have both warned, though, that the game should not “be used as an alternative to established and recommended treatments for ADHD,” so you’ll want to work with your doctor to possibly combine it with what you already do.

The FDA points out that it could be used in conjunction with “clinician-directed therapy, medication, and/or educational programs.”

So far, the game/treatment has only been offered to a limited number of patients, but the approval from the FDA means a wide distribution is in the works.

There’s a waitlist on their website if you’re interested in learning more.

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EndeavorRx is a first-of-its-kind, FDA approved, attention treatment for children with ADHD, delivered through a captivating video game experience. It will be available soon for download from app stores and won't require special equipment. Want to learn more? Send us a message and we'll send you a link! #edtechteachers #edtech #edu #edutech #teachersofistagram #homeschool #parenthack #Endeavor #EndeavorbyAkili #Akili #ADHDgame #ADHDtreatment #VideoGameTherapy #EndeavorRx

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Make sure to discuss the game with your kid’s doctor(s) before diving in head first, but I’ve gotta say, this sounds very interesting.

And yeah, a lot of older kids and adults with ADHD are going to be very jealous, I think!