Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Board Games

The kids have been off school this week, so a lot of my time has been devoted to entertaining them. Last night we played some board games and it was really interesting to see how my son interacted.

With an Asperger's child, you cannot use a literal term, such as "roll the dice", as they will literally roll it along the floor rather than throw it, as they take every phrase at face value. I have to really think about what I am saying when giving instructions.

When we were moving around the board, my son really struggled with how many spaces to move, or the idea of moving from the same place that he left off. The idea of in-game money really confused him, as he has no concept of money or the value of money, or the fact that if you give a high amount of money you can have change.

There is no doubt that regularly playing board games with an ASD child can help the parent to see where the child has difficulties that need to be worked on, and along with a play setting, they can work together to help overcome these difficulties, which will have an impact in independent living skills in later life..

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