Now let’s reading about the best board games for children with autism. Nowadays more nad more children are involved in autism, and Insider Monkey recently published an article about this topic giving us some very useful tips. Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the world and it affects 1 in 68 children. Since there is no medical treatment for autism, best therapy includes proper education and help. In a proper environment with professional help, children with autism can improve their condition and develop better social and language skills. One of the more difficult aspects of autism is avoiding social interaction, eye contact, and communication in general. Also, a lot of autistic children may have a very short attention span for some things while they can endlessly repeat certain actions such as, for example, turning the wheels on toys. Restricted and repetitive behavior has been recognized as a core symptom of autism, often displayed from early childhood.
I graduated as a social pedagogue so I learnt a lot about autism. This type of behavior often reflects in the atypical way of play behavior where a lot of children with autism don’t seem to differentiate toys from other objects.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked one board game from their list for now.
The first game is Spell-a-Puzzle. This is a game that contains around 20 small words such as dog, cat, tiger, etc. Words are simple and once you connect the letters you also connect the corresponding picture. For example, when you spell “tiger” you also make a tiger picture. This type of puzzle connects visual and verbal aspects by putting words and images into one. It is a great way for a child to learn to put together letters in order to form a word. Also, children who are not familiar with letters (yet) can learn them by focusing on putting together the image rather than the letters. Successful completion of a task will be very satisfactory for a child with autism. Since the words are usually not very complicated, it will not be too hard to complete the task. Price for this game on Amazon is around $35.00 and Walmart version is $12.60. If your child gets bored after learning these words, you can always make your own spell-a-puzzle game.
For any further interesting information read Insider Monkey’s article about 7 best board games for children with autism.