SimplyFun Builds Autism Awareness Through Game Play
One of my favorite game brands is SimplyFun! In fact, I was first introduced to SimplyFun at a friend’s game night I was invited to when I was living in Seattle. I had no idea we’d be playing games all night that I had never seen or heard of….and had tons of fun playing! I not only love SimplyFun because their games are great for adults, but because they are fun for kids too.
Did you know that all April long it’s Autism Awareness Month? At SimplyFun, they believe that all children have the opportunity to benefit from game play and they’ve added more depth to their work with autism. Recently, their games were analyzed by an independent team of advisors who have identified games within SimplyFun’s portfolio that build on common strengths found with children on the spectrum, as well as providing suggestions for game play suitability and/or changes to the game play to make the game more accessible. Here is a link to more information on their work: http://bit.ly/PYJRuc.
SimplyFun, LLC., is a developer of award winning educational board games that allow children to build their core thinking, academic and life skills through game play. SimplyFun is supporting autism awareness through initiatives designed to holistically support children with autism by both addressing their unique challenges and building on their strengths and interests. This extra focus on the child’s strengths and interests is unique to SimplyFun. It comes from their commitment to finding ways for all children to reach their potential, experience pride in accomplishment, and connect with family and friends.
To further their commitment to supporting children with autism, SimplyFun is introducing another approach to game analysis. Have you noticed that sometimes children with autism are overlooked regarding their strengths due to their typical focus on concerns? This is why SimplyFun is presenting how certain games in their catalog can capitalize on things children with autism may do well, while providing an important venue through which parents and children can connect.
“It has been such a learning experience to work with our Play Advisory Council experts, Dr. Toni Linder and Matt Brown to define an approach that we believe can help give parents of children with autism hope for their child’s future while creating a point of connection with their child through game play,” says SimplyFun President and CEO, Patty Pearcy.
“Board, card, and action games can serve a valuable role in the life of the child with autism,” explains SimplyFun Play Advisory Council member and independent game evaluator, Toni Linder. “Through these types of games, children with autism learn to take turns, pay attention to others’ needs, communicate with and interact with others in a positive and motivating way. Games provide a structured form of play that give children with autism a framework for engagement with others, a set of rules to follow to give them a sense of security, and a goal to work toward. Games can also allow children with autism the means for expressing and sharing their strengths with others in a way that is nurturing and fun,” says Linder who goes on to say that “Many children with autism have strong visual or verbal memories, spatial reasoning abilities, interests in and skills with numbers or letters, and strengths in many other skill areas. Children love to do things they enjoy and are good at, so we want to help match games to strengths.”
Play Advisor Council member Matt Brown enthusiastically adds, “Last year, I helped develop guidelines for parents, teachers and other care-givers to find games that help remediate areas of need for children with autism. That was valuable, yet only addressed one half of the child. Children with autism also have great strengths and interests. That is why I am more excited than ever to be collaborating on a new set of guidelines that will help adults find games that build on those strengths and interests. I believe that everyone needs to experience competency and be valued for what makes them unique, since we are all our own snowflake. And, children with autism deserve to be celebrated and encouraged to pursue their passions and grow their skills.”
I love that SimplyFun is focused on building Autism Awareness through game play. I also love that their attitude is focused on the strengths of children with autism and how to build those strengths through playing games. Thank you SimplyFun!
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