Video Games, Non-Neurotypical & ASD: People with ASD (autism spectrum) can find it difficult to relate to the world around them. Whether it’s social skills, inflexible behaviour, or complete focus on a special interest, the challenges can differ per non-neurotypical person.
At EOB, we’re focused on using video games to help the non-neurotypical and to teach and help people overcome the challenges they face. And there are great reasons why picking up a controller and playing to their heart’s desire can help.
Improving social skills
A study on gaming, people on the autism spectrum, and mental health said that video games can improve socialisation skills and help understand social conventions. To succeed at role-playing games like World of Warcraft or Pokémon, players need to navigate the game world by interacting with it and people in it. Especially when online with games like League of Legends, and doing so safely, they can talk to other players of the game, for strategy, teamwork or praise. And we’ve had similar results at EOB. Our Esports Academy, has been successful in teaching social, communication, and interpersonal skills. Furthermore, parents of our non-neurotypical students have told us how video games and our course have helped their children be more engaged and social like never before!
Overcoming inflexible behaviour
According to psychologist Randy Kulman “kids with autism are often inflexible and rigid in their problem-solving, but repetitive and inflexible behaviours are a formula for failure in many popular video games”. Especially coupled with the fact that people on the autism spectrum are often scared or stressed about making mistakes in life. Kulman concluded that “video games by their very nature require flexibility, making and learning from mistakes, and adapting to new challenges and demands”. Because of this, non-neurotypical gamers can gradually learn to develop important problem-solving skills. And with the right guidance, can make the connections between the games and real life.
At EOB, we understand how to bridge the gap between video games and learning new skills. Video games can be valuable learning tools and can nurture young minds as well as being a good social connection tool.
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AutisticaPlay is the games arm of Autistica. We work with the players and creators of games. Together, we can achieve change that matters to autistic people and their families, and become a more inclusive world.
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