Name of the game: Focus Educational Game
Purpose: Focus is essentially a fun behavior modification program for children with ADD/ADHD or anyone who needs help focusing better.
Number of Players : Competitive and cooperative versions for 2-5 players,
Where can we use it: It is great for families, therapists, and teachers to use in various settings for helping children to focus better.
Structure: It is structured to encompass the essential elements of behavior modification, and designed to have the greatest positive impact on attention.
This game provides two ways for players to win tokens. Task cards describe tasks that the players have to complete in order to earn their tokens.
Each task requires concentration and continuing attention and include:
1. Categories: Players have to list things that belong in a specific category, such as listing five fruits that have a large pit in the middle.
2. Forward and Back: Players have to recite things forward and/or backwards, such as reciting the alphabet forwards and backwards from A to F.
3. Problem Solving: The game comes with various cut out shapes and cut out words. Using shapes, the players have to create a specific design, like a triangle similar to the pattern on the card, using the shapes provided. Using words the players have to create a sentence with specific words.
A player can elect to perform the task without distraction and win one token or with distraction and win two tokens. The distractions are provided by one of the other players, who picks a Distraction card. This card may ask the distracting player to hum “Happy Birthday” or tap fingers on the table while the other player is trying
to accomplish the task.
Distractions are the most common reason people lose focus on the task at hand. This game gives players much needed practice that improves their ability to stay focused on tasks, even with distractions. There are both competitive and cooperative versions for grades 1-12. There are three decks of Task cards with varied levels of difficulty: easier, regular, and challenge. The key is for the players to be able to complete the task most of the time if they concentrate and are not distracted.