I was doing some more research on autism and I re-visited a Facebook page I came across a while ago, Wrestling Buddies for Autism Awareness ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wrestling-Buddies-for-Autism-Awareness) . On this page was a link to a website. I clicked on the link and saw another link titled –”SIMPLYFUN’S AUTISM MAPPING PROJECT– HELPING PARENTS PICK GAMES THAT ARE RIGHT FOR THEIR FAMILY! A guest post” .My first thought was this doesn’t make any sense. Surely kids with autism can still play games. Then I started to think of all the things that I have learned about children with special needs and the vast differences in the spectrums of autism. Then it made sense to me. With every child being affected in different ways it must be very difficult for a family to just sit down on game night, take out the Sorry or Monopoly and start playing.
Ok, stop laughing. I know most families are now in the digital age where everyone has their own electronic device and they have their faces stuck in a Ipad or Ipod or Kindle screen. For those of us dinosaurs that still have board games and use them quite frequently, or families living with an autistic child/sibling, this web site just may have some benefit for you.
If nothing else they have some good advice on how to choose games to play and how you can relate the playing of games to real life situations. For example, some children have difficulty with communication. They can talk fine but just don’t get the process of carrying on a conversation where you take turns speaking and listening. They compare the rules of playing a game, taking turns to that of every day conversation.
Some of you know the challenges presented by the vast differences in spectrums of autism. For many others, they may not have had the experience of knowing that there are so many different ways that a child can be affected.
This is the link, you may want to share it with any Moms and Dads of a young child with autism.
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