Cooperative games as a therapy tool for HF ASD

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Cooperative games as a therapy tool for HF ASD

Postby sciencey autism » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:24 am

Hi everyone,

Has anyone had much success with getting their kids engaged in cooperative games to help out with building social skills for HF ASD kids?

Our challenges with our son, Boo, include getting him to the point where he can play well with anyone other than the two of us (parents). Board games and video games usually degenerate into a fight or Boo ignoring his playmate.

We've had some reasonable success with cooperative games -- Dungeons and Dragons (of all things) and the Star Wars roll playing game. (These both have worked well becuase they tap into deep interests which have been running hot for Boo at given times.)

[Of course, we've had to lay down some pretty strict "rules of society" for playing any roll playing games. Examples, "no, you can't shoot that bad guy" or "no, you can't hit your friend's character with a log" -- and these do seem to stick after time - and help Boo get the idea of team success.]

Recently we've also started shopping at the Game Store for box-set non-competitive games -- and these have worked fairly well also.

From a year ago up to now, would say that he is at least willing to sit down to play for reasonable periods of time with a handful of friends where there is some mutual interest. Of course, we are still monitoring quite a bit - but the trend seems positive.

Here is my blog posting on the progress so far….

Thanks :)

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Re: Cooperative games as a therapy tool for HF ASD

Postby dragondad » Thu May 07, 2015 5:27 pm

Do you currently receive services through your state regional center? Often times service providers will have a structured play date once a week that includes their clients and siblings.

Also if your child is remotely interested in sports, check your local leagues for disabled teams. Our local AYSO has a VIP program that my son is in and it is AWSOME!! He gets to be active, work cooperative play with passing and cheering others on, and work on his social skills with piers and parents who understand!

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