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