What games are best for children with ASD? If you haven’t heard already, Timocco’s broad range of games allows each therapist to choose games for their client based on their specific therapeutic needs and goals. However, we would love to take this opportunity – in honor of Autism Awareness Month, to highlight a few games that could incorporate some of the vital skill-building frequently required by this population.
A number of our games can be used to incorporate opportunities for communication. Communication skills can range from identifying the hidden objects as the child uncovers them in our “Hidden Treasure” game, describing what the Timocco monkey is doing in the unveiled pictures of the “Photo Album” game or identifying shapes, numbers, colors or letter in the “Memory Card” game, which can also be played as a matching game.
Social Interaction; Turn Taking, Teamwork & Sharing a Space with a Partner:
A large proportion of our games can be played with 2 players – merely by selecting to play with 2 balls – whereby each child is responsible for the movements of one ball. Timocco has games that then allow for the children to take turns responding to targets based on the colored ball required, as in the “Balloons” game. A number of games also require the children to work together to reach targets by bringing their hands together and coordinating their combined movements, as in the “Bull’s Eye” game.
Problem Solving & Sequencing:
Although our games specialize in various elements of motor skills, we also have a number of games with incorporate cognitive/academic skills such as literacy, numeracy, problem solving and sequencing. Our “Train Tracks” game requires the child to exercise visual perception skills in conjunction with problem solving abilities in order to solve the puzzles. This game can also be played with the 2 player setting. The “What’s Next” game is another problem solving game, requiring the child to correctly sequence a series of related day to day activities such as getting ready in the morning, preparing a meal etc.
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