Use play to hone the language, communication and social skills of a child with autism spectrum disorder. Get our list of educational games here!
It has long been established that children learn best through play. It is through playing that they learn about themselves, others and the world around them.
Children’s language and social skills are enhanced as they interact with each other. Creativity and problem-solving skills are also developed as they think of different ways to play with what’s in front of them. Every child enjoys the wonderful benefits of play, whether he is typically developing or has specials needs like autism spectrum disorder.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States government, “Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs or Autism) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.”
While there are so many factors to be considered in raising children with autism spectrum disorder, there is one thing that their parents need to do just like any other parents — and that is to let their children play.
Fun and games can play an important part in helping children with autism spectrum disorder thrive. Parents should choose educational games that target specific problem areas such as language, communication and social skills and behavior. This will be like hitting two (or more) birds with one stone.
Here are some of the best educational games for kids with autism spectrum disorder as recommended by practicing child psychiatrist Dr. Celine Germar, MD. Note that these games are not really out of the ordinary, and are also enjoyed by typically developing kids.
Go to the next page for some ideas of games for kids with autism spectrum disorder.