Sunday, January 5, 2014

Turning Video Games Into Strengths

When I was young, I remember playing video games that were entertaining, colorful, and bright. Nintendo was filled with games, such as Kirby, Mario Brothers, and Donkey Kong. Nowadays, many video games are made to be dark and graphic. Many are not made for kids and some get a bad reputation, but are they all bad?  Autism Discussion Page has a great post about making video games a strength for children, especially for those on the spectrum.

From Autism Discussion Page:

Turning video games into strengths! 

For many children on the spectrum, computer technology is a blessing for them. It fits their "learning style" perfectly (visual, focus on detail/patterns, minimal social interaction, immediate feedback, and very stimulating to the executive functioning part of the brain). Computers also allow the children to move at their own pace (fast or slow) and gives them immediate feedback. Essentially, it allows many people on the spectrum to let their talents shine and develop. It is very natural that they would feel very safe and competent utilizing technology. Whereas for many neurotypical children computer technology may actually be hampering direct social skills and possibly fostering a dependency on high visual stimulation, for kids on the spectrum this technology can actually foster social skills and offers a medium to use their skills. 

To read the rest of this article, please visit his Facebook page.  It really makes some good points about how to incorporate video games into a child's life in a positive way.

Are video games a strength of a child in your life? In what ways do you regulate it? What games do you find beneficial? We would love to hear your thoughts below.

Heather S. is writing this post as she watches her husband play the Xbox.

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