ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in kids, and is estimated to affect about 8-10% of school-aged children. Research shows that out of these children about 26% particularly have Math learning disabilities. The cognitive ability to understand and solve complex mathematical problems requires high level of concentration over a longer duration of time. This ability is disrupted in certain children due to ADHD. Therefore these students are likely to receive lower grades or even failure in standardized measures. However, if an educational environment is created that is specifically targeted towards reducing the disruptive behavioral patterns in these individuals by designing activities that increase engagement time and motivate them to practice mathematical problems, this issue can be addressed effectively. Apart from therapy and medication, an innovative way of learning would help these children focus and concentrate while enabling them to understand complicated math concepts easily. This project is created to be an interactive educational game built in Adobe Flash, that is geared towards children with ADHD and math learning disability, encouraging them to try a new method of learning and practicing math while having fun with a variety of activities. It focuses on introducing the concept of multiplication through animations, interactive play activities that reinforce that concept and practice section that allows for testing of the knowledge gained. This module is extensible and contains linear and non-linear activities to ensure introduction of concept, guided learning and hands-on practice.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Attention-deficit-disordered children--Education--Mathematics; Multiplication--Interactive multimedia--Design; Games in mathematics education
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Vora, Mansi, "Maddy the mathasaurus: An Interactive math game that introduces the concept and properties of multiplication and designed with consideration for children with ADHD" (2012). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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