IF… is an adventure game that teaches children all about social and emotional learning (SEL). SEL skills help children learn how to deal with emotions, communicate well with others and regulate their own actions and behaviors, which makes IF… a great game for kids with ADHD
We highly recommend all parents to try the game out with their kids (a demo version is available), and that recommendation comes even stronger for parents of children affected by ADHD. We think the game holds great potential for children of all walks of life, but find it can be particularly helpful to those who have problems dealing with short-fused emotions or outbursts. Here’s an excerpt from our review:
As a game focused on social and emotional learning, IF… provides numerous opportunities for players to learn about ways to better manage their emotions and practice Self-Control.
It is not uncommon for children with ADHD to exhibit problems dealing with anger. Ari Tuckman, a clinical psychologist and author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Successful Strategies for Adults with ADHD, says this is partly because people with ADHD” tend to feel and express their emotions more strongly.”
Throughout the game, IF…‘s protagonist, YouDog, will frequently suggest methods for players to control their emotions and self-regulate their behavior, offering tips like breathing techniques to help kids learn to better control their emotions.
Give the game a try here, and be sure to read our full learning guide on the game before you play.