ChillFish: A Respiration Game for Children with ADHD

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ChillFish: A Respiration Game for Children with ADHD
Breathing exercises can help children with ADHD control their stress level, but it can be hard for a child to sustain attention throughout such an exercise. In this paper, we present ChillFish, a breath-controlled biofeedback game designed in collaboration with ADHD professionals to investigate the possibilities of combining breathing exercises and game design. Based on a pilot study with 16 adults, we found that playing ChillFish had a positive effect, helping the participants to reach a relaxed state similar to the one offered by traditional breathing exercises. Further, we analyze the opportunities and challenges of creating a tangible respiration-based controller and use it as a core game mechanic. Finally, we discuss the challenge of balancing engagement and relaxation in physically controlled games for children with ADHD in order to make a game that can be calming and still sustain their attention. Author Keywords Games for health, biofeedback, respiration, stress, ADHD, childre...
Tobias Sonne, Mads Møller Jensen
Added 10 Apr 2016
Updated 10 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where TEI
Authors Tobias Sonne, Mads Møller Jensen
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