Can Augmented Reality games like Pokémon Go help in family therapy? Possibly. Let’s explore how;

Before, during and after dinner, are one or more family members on their smartphone?  Do you see a smartphone at each place setting?  Are dinner conversations interrupted each time someone’s smartphone rings?

These can be signs of family togetherness problems.  But there are simple alternatives that can be easy to try and even fun.  Here are some suggestions.

Family meetings. Talk about family times and fun times together. This could include routines for doing things together without smartphones, but can also include new kinds of fun involving everyone’s smartphone.  Why not integrate smartphones into a family activity?

Learn to play Pokémon Go together.  Even better, ask your kids to teach your how to play.

Pokémon Go is a mobile game app that pairs GPS with a smartphone camera to create an augmented reality.  Players earn points by “catching” virtual characters in real outdoor environments. Players get to see the characters in their real world environment by looking at the screen and “capturing” the Pokémon character.

Pokémon Go can be used to encourage families to do things outdoors, while sharing fun and laughter of outsmarting the Pokémon characters.  Having a family team can be a great way to strengthen your family unit.

Of course, there are things to watch out for, so some rules could be:

  • Let the family decide where and when to play, in a safe location
  • Choose an identified “Pokémon scout” who makes sure you don’t walk into traffic or stumble over obstacles while looking at the screen
  • Be respectful of others when playing – you may be disturbing them.
  • Set a time limit for playing the game and take time to talk with your children about their favorite parts of the game
  • Give everyone a chance to be the leader – it’s family fun and different family members have different skills

Contact Dr. Eva Fisher and associates today to book your couples/family appointment today!

 

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