Raising children is a big deal and the even bigger deal is to raise them up in the right way. It is a challenge and more than that a pleasure if done in the right way. Bringing up children demands patience and all the more of it if your child is suffering from autism, having such kids is a challenge not everyone can handle but does that simply that these kids be shunned away from our daily lives? Definitely not, so let us focus on teaching these social skills to them that would reap the most effective results. Who thought searching the most effective means could be so easy because we found them in video games. Researchers from Michigan State University have vouched that teaching social skills through video games ensures not just good learning experience but entertainment as well.
The magic wand named video games
Medical research and statistics have provided that autistic kids are complete addicts to playing video games and they seem to love it. Then why not use this as the tool for educating them about social skills since they are already in love with it. Lets check out how video games have proved as the most effective.
- The habit of engaging – We all know that video games are addictive and can engage people to it for long hours. The tag that video games are addictive can also act to the advantage of autistic kids by helping them keep their attention towards one thing for a long time. This habit will also help in keeping them engaged to any particular task that they are doing for a long-span of time. Video games would just kick-start the habit that will stay with them lifelong because they will gradually get into the mold of it all thanks to the addiction that we know as video games.
- Games designed to improve their skills – Certain games are carefully designed keeping in mind the skills that needs improvement in children suffering from Asperger syndrome. For instance, when it comes to the social skills games that encourage children to talk or communicate works brilliantly. Simply games that can help improve their condition has proved to be effective time and again in most cases of autism.
- Games that need partners – A couple of games are so designed that they must have partners or a group of players. These games are custom-made to see how these kids behaving when in a group and what we saw was heartwarming because when they were together they performed really well in a team which goes on to show that when in group they perform extremely well. We all know that team work demands co-operation and most importantly communication. Did not everyone have doubts that autistic people have speech impairment problems and that they can never adjust to a social setting or in a social gathering? But who knows that when they love something they do they can overcome all the problems that life throws at them.
- Relate the games with your life – While kids play their favorite games they must also remember to keep in mind the lessons that they learn from the games so that they can apply those in their life as well and not just restrict them to the games. As parents you must always remember to guide them through all this and for help remind them of how they manage themselves in the games.
These are some of the most predominant influencing factors in an autistic child's life if they are totally hooked onto playing video games. And we always thought that this addiction is a bad thing. Well, now we can say that after all, it's not all that bad!