1 in 88 children in the U.S. has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder often have difficulty with communication and social skills, but have good visual perception skills. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are typically fascinated by visual technology such as video games, which are now being used for education and in Autism Spectrum Disorder treatment programs.
Autism is a growing area of interest for game makers, as they explore various aspects of how this technology can be beneficial in treating Autism Spectrum Disorder. Video games offer opportunities for successful learning, motivation to improve skills such as planning, organization and self-monitoring, and reinforcement of desired behaviors without face-to-face interaction.
“Children and young adults with ASD have unique opportunities to capitalize on their interest and aptitude in video games as a resource to develop desired social behaviors and life skills and to increase their physical activity,” says Games for Health Journal Editor-in-Chief Bill Ferguson, PhD.
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