Video Games May Be Beneficial for Individuals with Autism

Is your child on the autism spectrum a gamer? If so, this may be beneficial to him. Yes, I’m stating that video games may actually be a good thing, especially for individuals with autism.

Recently, Bill Ferguson, PhD, the editor of the Games for Health Journal moderated a roundtable discussion with autism researchers and the transcript, Game Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder, is available online for free.

The following are two excerpts from the roundtable:

“There are numerous reasons why incorporating technology, specifically computer and screen-based systems, into intervention practices may be particularly relevant for children and adolescents with ASD. The strength of these types of technologies for ASD intervention includes malleability, controllability, modifiable sensory stimulation, individualizable approach, safety, and potential reduction of problematic aspects of human interaction during treatment. It has been shown that computer and VR-based intervention may provide a simplified but exploratory interaction environment for children with ASD.”

“Traditional methods of social and adaptive skill intervention often are not able to control environments or repeat exposure to naturalistic environments with an intensity that may lead to more substantial change; however, the virtual world can be designed to break down, repeat, add, and subtract aspects of the environment in any manner necessary to achieve a task goal.”

Read the entire transcript: Game Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDF).

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