Chess for special kids (ADHD)

During the last few years there is a clear ascension in the number of kids which are encountered as having ADHD, this number is increasing constantly.

Today about 5% of all the kids are having ADHD, this number is slightly lower for adults, around 4%. Those numbers climb constantly, as today technology allows many ways to track the mentioned above problems.

The common way to handle ADHD problems nowadays is medicine involvement, like Retalin, Concerta and etc.

Those medicines are stimulating drugs.

The basic need to use those pills is to accelerate the slow brain processing-typical condition for those kids.

The parents find themselves chasing after different kind of solutions: psychologists, drugs, they make all kinds of diagnosis, but unfortunately in most of the cases they admit that there is no 100% cure for their problems.

For each existing way of treatment today there is a clear disadvantage.

For example, Drugs treatment- the disadvantage is side affects that always might take place in this kind of treatment. Psychologist treatment- it causes the unnatural behavior from the child and might give wrong results.

Chess- this game is characterized as a “brain using” game.

Playing this game forcing the child to use the following skills:

  • Attention
  • Long distance planning thinking
  • Memory
  • Ability to resist external provocations
  • Global and General vision of what is occurring around the child
  • Patience
  • Forecasting of future steps

Educators say chess study is a valuable tool for teaching creative thinking, math, reading skills — and patience — to elementary students. Playing online chess helps the children to use their minds in an efficient manner that enhances their thinking skills.

Nationwide, 1,400 schools have teams that are affiliated with the U.S. Chess Federation, up from 800 a decade ago. New Jersey, for example, passed legislation recommending that chess be included in the public school curriculum so that students could study the game. In Philadelphia, funding for chess is part of a major revamping of the school system.

The connection between chess and math, reading and critical thinking skills is well-documented. In the early 1980s, researchers studying chess in Pennsylvania schools over a five-year period showed critical thinking skills improved by 17 percent for students in chess classes, compared with a 5 percent improvement for students in other classes.

Chess tutors said Chess study is effective in teaching patience and concentration to students with short attention spans and those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There have been no scientific studies on ADHD and chess, but educators say online chess for kids is remarkable in its ability to make kids pay attention.

It turned out to be so helpful that in more than 30 counties, the study of chess is combined in a school program syllabus. For example, in New-Jersey it was offered to

insert a new law to the constitution that recommends adding chess as any other subject in the school program syllabus.

Our experience in working with ADHD kids and teaching them chess, we claim that there is relation between strong attributes among chess players and the same attributes that are defined as a weak once among the ADHD children.

Hence we really believe that one is encountered as ADHD will improve his abilities with chess assistance.

Chess study involves learning different chess strategies, chess openings and the tactics used to improve your game. Chess study for Kids having ADHD would not only help them to better their thinking skills, it would also make them develop an interest for a certain game which will increase their routine activities. Chess study is not only a valuable tool for ADHD Kids but it also helps people to learn to set goals and achieve them in real life.

IchessU is developing a new tool that helps people with any cognitive problems.

The tool is going through the diagnosis and after encountering the problems it builds a private course of chess. During the chess course a person learns chess, stimulates its brain performance and at the same time receives a direct feedback from the smart engine which supports the person at every stage. This tool would help a person to study and learn chess in a better way. User is able to study chess and at the same time to play against chess engine and compete against people from all around the world.

Short outline of ADHD-Chess product: 

  • We will get the teacher/parents opinion about the kid
  • Introduce the chess
  • Teach chess rules
  • The child will be using the software fluently
  • The program will explain the kid any situation on the board
  • Online playing-The child will be able to compete against the kids from any countries, what will increase his motivation to succeed
  • Online communities-All kids will relate to specific community, what will give them a feeling of a group, team and etc
  • The kid will be solving chess exercises, by this dealing with complicated and at the same time challenging missions. Each solution will raise his rating
  • The child will have an option to play against or with computer. In case the exercise is not clear or the solution suggested by the program is not acceptable, there will be an option to play the position against the computer what will prove the suggested solution
  • Every few months the software will ask the parents and teachers to fill the checking lists. This way we will be able to track the improvement of the kids 

 

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