Coding FARR(By Jaco Louw, Aug 17, 2015)

The computer game I am developing, which will be used to improve the intellectual functioning of children suffering from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, is starting to take shape. At the moment it is still a mock-up made with clip art, but the coding will be starting soon. The different stages and tasks are falling into place and there is a lot of interest in the project from outside of FARR (Foundation for Alcohol Related Research) and the project’s funders.

I was fortunate enough to attend training at Maastricht University in the Netherlands in July, and had the opportunity to discuss my ideas with a PhD student there who is also working on cognitive training. The exchange of ideas has brought a lot of valuable information and helped me to refine the set-up of the game.

I was also introduced to a group of academics from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and I have been invited to correspond with them about my project as well. As things have progressed, there has been no feedback along the lines of “it will not work.” The support I have received from other academics is beneficial. It means that I get to have my ideas critically evaluated, which will ultimately lead to a more effective intervention.

In a nutshell: I have been meeting good people, everyone shows interest, and the programming is starting soon!

Read about the development of the computer game at the project page.