Games for Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome

Sat, May 22, 2010

Asperger's Syndrome

If you are a parent of a child with Asperger’s or other special needs, you know that some games are difficult for them to play. My son used to like to make up his own rules. Actually he still does. It’s a little hard to follow along when he does that since there are no instructions but I indulge him occasionally. It was a treat when one if his homework assignments was to create a board game based on a book and have rules and cards and what not. He used Pokémon, one of his favorite things. Probably would have done Mario but he didn’t have a book for that that he could use. He did actually get 100% on the task. We don’t see that much so it is still hanging on the fridge. The game was actually fun to play too. We have played it a couple of times now.

But what about regular board games? It really was such a challenge when he was younger. Before we knew he had AS, it was just plain hard for me to understand why he always wanted to change the rules of the game and make up his own game. Now I realize that some games just may not make sense to him or he has a preferred idea that he thinks may work better. As it turns out there are some games created with AS kids and other special need kids in mind. If you have been struggling to find something that you child relates to, here are a few resources for you.

Most kids love computers and video games so this one should fit right in. It was recommended to me by a teacher, My Friend Quest The site lists many benefits and states: “Works with a number of conditions such as Asperger’s Syndrome, shyness, social phobia, and with any child who has difficulty socially integrating or managing their emotions. It is fun so children are self motivated to play. “ I played the video they have on the website and he seemed interested so we will add that to the summer list of new things to do. Another item I found is a book is this book by Tata Delaney, 101 Games and Activities for Children With Autism, Aspergers and Sensory Processing Disorders. It has 4 stars on Amazon so I am going to pick up a copy of that as well.

If you have recommendations on games that you use with your AS child, please leave comments below and share what has been the most effective, the most fun, and even what has not been successful at all. I love finding new things I can do with my son that we both enjoy. The nights of playing the Mario game and running around the living room are fun for him but for me, I love that I get to spend time with him in a way that he enjoys, but it’s difficult remembering what my character is supposed to do. But I think I won last night ;)

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7 Responses to “Games for Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome”

  1. Sarah Darer Littman Says:

    One board game that my son could handle when he was younger was the Game of LIFE. Now, because he likes the Simpsons, we have Simpsons Monopoly and he’ll actually sit through an entire game of Monopoly because the Simpsons are involved.

    He’s really into all these strategy warfare games online (ones where you try to conquer ancient Europe and achieve WORLD DOMINATION – this does worry me someone in light of our recent conversation about him thinking he should be DICTATOR OF AMERICA ;-) but since his “special interest” is now world history and he just got 750 on a mock SAT II he took in preparation for the real SAT II’s he’s taking June 5th, I’m willing to go with it!

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Our son is 6 and has only recently been diagnosed with Aspergers. He loves math and strategy games. Connect 4 is a favorite as is Candyland, Zingo and Sequence. Chutes and Ladders was less popular as he didn’t like the chutes.

    He is probably ready for some newer ones this summer.

  3. Angela Moore Says:

    Thanks Rebecca, I think we played Candyland to death back when my son was six. We even got one of those rugs that had the game on it with big pieces. :)

  4. pbs kids games Says:

    Hi, great article!! I got you bookmarked. Thanks and best wishes

  5. TV Game depot Says:

    Hi. I wanted to drop you a quick note to express my thanks. I’ve been following your blog for a month or so and have picked up a ton of good information as well as enjoyed the way you’ve structured your site.

  6. ChallengeYou Says:

    I manage a site called ChallengeYou.com and have found that kids with special needs have done well with it. I’ve chatted with several kids and their parents and have discovered that they have Aspergers. It’s a simple, Kid-Safe, drag-n-drop 3D game editor that lets you create your own multiplayer games. Frankly, I didn’t design the site for special needs kids, but it seems to be someplace that they excel. If you’d like to speak to me at the site, my username is ChallengeYou. Hope you find it a useful tool.

  7. Lisa Schroeder Says:

    I have created a card game with math and astronomy themes called What’s Your Cosmo? card game. Kids with Aspergers have liked it which I really appreciate and hoped they would find it entertaining. It has plenty of room for creating new games along with the 7 different card games that can be played with it. It is very colorful, lots of “cosmic” images, and varies from high to low challenge, from ages 8+, and from 1-6 players. There are two solitaire games which I play all of the time. http://whatsyourcosmo.com

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