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With kids with ASD in mind, we at Timocco developed specific games for children with communication difficulties. The games were developed with the help of Dr. Ofer Golan, the chair of the pediatric clinical psychology program at Bar-Ilan University, who has done extensive research about ASD.
These games, which you can find by using the skill filter and selecting the ‘Tim Duet’ games which include: Train Rail, What’s Next?, Ride Along and Aliens in Space. This group of games emphasize three major functions:
1. Executive functions
2. Communication skills
3. Generalization of the learned skills and transference to daily function
Since children with ASD often have difficulties with executive functions such as planning, control, problem solving and inhibition, Timocco’s games focus on these skills and enable improvement of abilities while playing alone or with a partner.
For example “Train Rail” played with two players challenges the children to cooperate and plan together the most efficient track from beginning to end. The skills required for this game are: understanding the sequence of actions; planning the track; controlling and changing incorrect actions taken by the partner and problem solving when needed. In addition, this game encourages taking turns, consideration of the partner’s wishes and actions as well as coordination and cooperation between the players.
The complementary game to “Train Rail” is the “What’s Next?” game, where the children need to correctly sequence actions. This game works on the same skills (sequencing, planning, and control) as “Train Rail” but in the context of daily functioning activities such as bathing, organization in the morning and sequencing actions before going to sleep.
Our clinical experience using Timocco for developmental treatments and pediatric rehabilitation show that Timocco can encourage interaction between parent- child; therapist-child; or between two children. Furthermore, it enables work on communication in a safe, inviting and attractive environment for children with autism.
Hope this helps,