Autism and Boardgames: Some Observations
MattCsigs) is autistic. His diagnosis is actually PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified). Basically meaning he exhibits symptoms from the autism spectrum but doesn't fit exactly into any one diagnosis. There's a very good description here.
Matt (19) is fortunate to be a fairly high functioning autistic. After spending some years at an excellent special-needs preschool, Matt entered mainstream kindergarten only a year late. He's now a high-school graduate but is getting some further education (extra innings) and is in an excellent job shadow program. He has a job at a local catering facility that he absolutely loves ... and they love him.
Recently Matthew has been attracted to board games. I don't know why I didn't make this connection sooner, but it's an excellent way for him to engage in appropriate social-interaction while following a rigid, structured format. He's taken to not just gaming with family and friends, but has even been attending our monthly game nights. This weekend he'll be attending his first convention!
This list isn't intended to be anything like a clinical study, just some observations and anecdotes regarding Matthew, autism and board games. I know there are many other parents, family members and educators on Board Game Geek ... so I'd like to think you might find something useful or interesting here. And please add your own anecdotes and observations for the rest of us!
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