NBC- While many parents are concerned about the kinds of video games their kids are playing, it turns out that some of those games can actually help children in their thinking and focus.
10-year-old Jackson Janis can't get enough of his video games.
He spends hours every week glued to the screen, for fun and for therapy.
Jackson has ADHD, and every week he meets with other boys like himself and Dr. George Sachs.
They play video games to challenge their minds.
"They have to be aware of another kid's feelings, they have to be aware of another kid's intentions, they have to develop their own leadership or ability to take charge, " said Dr. Sachs.
New research reinforces the benefits behind video game play. Researchers say it can improve strategic thinking and strengthen brain agility. They tested 72 volunteers, and after 40 hours of gaming those playing a strategy-based game showed better speed and accuracy on cognitive tests.
Researchers say the findings could lead to new and improved treatments for people with ADHD or brain injury.
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