Highlights in the Literature Available in Serious Games for Intellectual Disabilities

  • Ana R. CanoEmail author
  • Álvaro J. García-Tejedor
  • Baltasar Fernández-Manjón
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9412)


This review examines the literature on Serious Games used as learning tools for people with intellectual disabilities. Although intellectual disabilities are a very broad field where each individual has very specific characteristics, it would be beneficial to have general evidence-based recommendations about how to design videogames adapted to their cognitive requirements. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to identify and review the available literature on Serious Games for intellectual disabilities classifying them according to the learning outcomes associated. Search terms identified 43 papers covering this topic and this review presents the initial results. The final goal is to identify what is working in this kind of games and how this can be generalized into a methodology to simplify the creation of more effective games for people with intellectual disabilities.


Serious Games Intellectual disabilities Cognitive disabilities Educational games Autism spectrum disorder Down syndrome 



The e-UCM research group has been partially funded by Regional Government of Madrid (eMadrid S2013/ICE-2715), by the Complutense University of Madrid (GR3/14-921340), by the Ministry of Education (TIN2013-46149-C2-1-R), by the RIURE Network (CYTED 513RT0471) and by the European Commission (RAGE H2020-ICT-2014-1-644187).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana R. Cano
    • 1
    Email author
  • Álvaro J. García-Tejedor
    • 2
  • Baltasar Fernández-Manjón
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Francisco de VitoriaMadridSpain

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