Saving Pennjamin is a mind therapy game that helps children reduce anxiety, stress, and tension to prevent the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while in the hospital intensive care unit.
When children are admitted into the ICU, they are often scared, disorientated, and nervous. The game uses the Muse wearable headset sensors to analyze the Alpha wave detected by electroencephalography (EEG). Children can use their mind to control Pennjamin Penguin's movements, helping him win challenges through mindfulness, focus, and engagement.
PTSD can occur after the unexpected or violent death of a family member or close friend. Studies show that PTSD occurs in 1%-14% of the population. It can be diagnosed at at any age, and can occur as a sudden, short-term response or develop gradually and become chronic or persistent.