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July 9, 2010

Best Games for Autistic Children

Guest blog by Bethany North of The Coffee Bump.

kidsAutism is a developmental disability that affects 1 in every 110  births in the United States and almost 1 in 70 boys according to a recent study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This lifelong disorder is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

For any families that may have a child with autism, success and development can be achieved through choosing the right interactive games. This is the perfect opportunity to play with your child while also encouraging his or her development so that the barriers of autism will no longer have to be as present or restricting as your child grows.

  1. Logic and Reasoning Games : Autistic children often experience the difficulty of becoming overwhelmed in social environments. However, you can help your autistic child easily learn with a logic game so that they become comfortable making decisions in a group setting. Word Vine is a fun developmental choice while also encouraging vocabulary and reading. For an autistic child, this will help to relate words and categories to encourage basic understanding. This also helps with problem-solving and deductive reasoning so that your autistic child can feel more comfortable in public environments, whether it be in conversation, playing, or meeting new people.
  2. Attention and Listening Games: One symptom of autism is a difficult time concentrating or interacting. However, autistic children can often be reached through music, which is why Music – Mozart is the ideal game choice to provide visual and auditory stimulation. Your child will be able to learn about the historical Mozart, who was also rumored to be autistic, while hearing music and other sounds to solidify the learning process. Music is something that will help to keep the attention of an autistic child better than many styles of learning.
  3. Abstract Thinking Games: Create Animation is an ideal game for an autistic child since it uses animation and motion to create images. Autistic children are often simulated by sight, making this the perfect opportunity to develop your child’s creative side. Your child will be able to manipulate digital images, which is something that will help them to feel in control as they learn to draw and create through this interactive game.
  4. Matching Games: Animal Bingo is the perfect game for an autistic child of any age because it is simple, entertaining, and nonthreatening. Matching is one of the basic building blocks of helping your autistic child to relate to their environment, and they can learn to recognize different objects by matching two pictures together. This style of animal bingo will also help your child to connect with the sounds that an animal makes, completing the learning correlation of basic animal groups.

The point is that your choice of games and playtime activities will make a serious difference in the development of your autistic child. With the right activities, this is an opportunity to not only help your child learn but to grow dramatically by encouraging their confidence as a child with autism!

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Bethany North

Bethany North is a full-time freelance writer who writes on a variety of topics, and she spends her time running her coffee and espresso specialty website. For a great selection of coffee makers Bunn, check out Bethany North’s website, The Coffee Bump.

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