There has been a rise in the popularity of therapeutic games in adult physical rehabilitation in recent years. However, is this concept of ‘gamification’ a new approach in therapy? This commentary piece suggests that the term ‘gamification’, defined as “the use of game design to engage people in meaningful occupation in their everyday lives”, is new in Occupational Therapy literature. Occupational Therapists have long been incorporating games as part of their therapy using an activity-based approach. Therapeutic games are up and coming, and perhaps this space is something to watch out for in the future.
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