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‘Asthma Dodge’ a fun new game to encourage greater understanding of asthma

20th September 2017

Read our blog about Asthma Dodge, a new game developed by the School-based Asthma Project (SAP) that encourages children to avoid their triggers

Run as fast as you, take your medication and dodge the asthma triggers in your way!

A new game app ‘Asthma Dodge’ has been released by the School-based Asthma Project at Queen Mary University of London. The game, which has been developed to raise awareness and increase understanding about asthma in young people prompts the player to take the role of a young person with asthma.

The player needs to avoid asthma triggers in order to run faster, taking asthma medication where necessary. ‘Asthma Dodge’ introduces concepts of what asthma does in your airways, how different medication works and what types of triggers for asthma there are.

In addition, people with asthma are often shown as physically weak or geeky in the media. Asthma Dodge wants to portray a different image. Taking the role of someone with asthma and tackling the challenges they face will encourage greater respect and empathy for what those with asthma live and contend with each day.

Asthma Dodge has been developed by the School-based Asthma Project (SAP) at the Blizard Institute in collaboration with Centre of the Cell, a science centre uniquely placed above the Blizard Building science labs. The SAP aims to improve life for young people with asthma. Previous research shows that many young people with asthma did not feel understood by their peers and some felt bullied.

The game has been played as a table top version within the Centre of the Cell, with great enjoyment!

‘Asthma Dodge’ is available to download now:

www.healthylondon.org/ask-about-asthma

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