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Incorporation of Video Games into Mindfulness Activities

2021

Video Games & Mindfulness

Mindfulness practices are beneficial for a host of reasons, from the physiological benefits of stress reduction to improving focus. Regular practice helps us see and realize those benefits, but it can be difficult for clients/people who need it to know where to start or get that regular practice. Videogames provide a powerful sensory experience and are a regular and motivating activity for many, so why not use them as a basis for some guided mindfulness activities?

Learning Objectives

1. Identifying and become comfortable with 3 basic types of mindfulness activities.

2. Selecting games that provide a good background for mindfulness activities.

3. Combining the basic activity scripts and games to create a guided video game mindfulness session.

Hilary Andress MS, OTR/L, ASCPP (MB)

Occupational Therapist
INVO Therapy

Hilary is an occupational therapist that loves meaningfully engaging with nerdy hobbies, from tabletop games and video games to martial arts.

She presented a poster on a multi-level (low and high tech) approach to videogaming at the AOTA occupational therapy conference and is a repeat participant and winner in local MIT health hackathons.

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