Steve Lubitz

Steve Lubitz

Steve Lubitz got a copy of ET for the Atari 2600 at age 4, and loved video games so much that even playing that game couldn't turn him away. Steve is the dad to three daughters, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. He is also one of the hosts of the Isometric podcast on the 5by5 network.

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Blue Skylanders Are a Missed Opportunity to Gain Understanding of Autism

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A few months ago, my 8-year-old daughter was having problems with the kids on her bus. They were making fun of her because she was crying. Why she was crying isn’t really important, but this wasn’t the first time this had happened. We talked about it afterward. I tried to explain to her that most 8-year-olds don’t cry a lot unless something really bad or sad happens to them. She said she knew that, but she couldn’t help it.

“I told them I have autism, Daddy. But that didn’t help.” Read More


Teaching Math With Hearthstone

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When I was a kid in elementary school, I was already deep down the rabbit hole of video games, thanks to getting an Atari 2600 at 4 years old. I was naturally good at math, but one thing that I still remember to this day was one of my cousins giving me the Pac-Man card game that Milton Bradley published in the early ’80s. The game was designed to teach basic math facts disguised in Pac-Man dressing. You played cards in rows of three: outside cards were numbers of pellets and the Pac-Man card in the middle had the operator. So you scored points based on the equation. Naturally, I loved it. My parents credited that game with teaching me multiplication and division long before it was taught to me in school.

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How Role-Playing Games Can Teach Kids Decision Making

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“Okay, so what you want to do is try to have everyone attack the same enemy, so that…or you can try spreading the damage around too. That’s fine.”

My daughter and I are playing Child of Light. She’s nearly eight, and she’s never played a role-playing game before, so this seems like a good place to start. Her reading level is high enough that she can decipher what everything does and keep up with the story. It also helps that Aurora, the main character, is a girl around her age who wields a giant sword. That appeals to my daughter a lot. Read More