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Video games support young patients’ social, emotional health
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Video games support young patients’ social, emotional health

Lucas Alcantara, 7, says he enjoys playing video games while staying in the hospital. His favorite game is Minecraft Dungeons. (OHSU/Christine Torres Hicks) On any given day, a patient at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital might receive a knock on their door. The hospital employee on the other side is there to ask an unexpected question: “Are your video game-related needs being met?” Sam Giles Le Blanc (OHSU) That employee is Sam Giles Le Blanc, OHSU Doernbecher’s patient technology specialist — though he usually introduces himself as “the video game guy.” Giles Le Blanc manages the therapeutic gaming program, a new addition to the hospital’s Child Life Therapy Program. Child Life therapy focuses on the emotional, social and developmental needs of kids, helping patients a...