With the holiday season in full swing, be sure to consider these great stocking stuffer games and software for autistic children. Not only are they great for the family, but they help a child with autism develop various skills including communication, problem-solving and teamwork. They also help develop patience, waiting one’s turn and other social cues.
Bambino Dino is a suitable game for younger children (age 4+) and will teach your child to work with the other players to help save Dino from a water invasion.
The Secret Door (age 5+) is another cooperative game in which players must calculate clues that point to the thief who steals valuables from the house. This teaches problem-solving skills.
Even the classic games of Candy Land (age 3+) and Chutes and Ladders (age 3+) teach autistic children the need to take turns, managing frustration and appropriate communication.
Let’s Go Sailing (age 6+) is a great game that encourages teamwork with the children to sail the boat for it to arrive to its destination.
DGA TV (age 10+) offers children the opportunity to work as producers of seven shows. They must work together efficiently to maintain the high raings. This allows children with autism to learn to read faces, recognize non-verbal cues and communicate in ways that are socially acceptable.
High-functioning autistic children, such as those with Asperger’s syndrome, benefit from local groups such as the chess club, Lego teams and other meetings which emphasize a common interest.
Social skills software called FaceSay (ages 4-12) allows children to describe facial expressions. Your child will learn to distinguish the differences in facial expressions by concentrating on the changes in the eye and eyebrow of a face. The software teaches non-verbal signals effectively. Many children with autism look at the mouth of the speaker.
Just about any group game will encourage communication. With the right support and enough patience and encouragement, the majority of kids with autism can derive great rewards from being part of a group, playing a game and being successful.