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5 Games That Help Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD. We’re excited to have a relationship with LearningWorks For Kids, cross-posting articles and supporting each other in emphasizing the positive aspects of gaming and technology. In this post, Dr. Randy Kulman gives a list of five great games that can help kids with autism.

Many children with mild symptoms of autism (referred to as Level 1 autism spectrum disorder) enjoy playing popular video games with their peers. Playing popular video games allows them to share an interest with other kids their age, practice and improve social skills, and learn a variety of problem-solving and executive functioning skills. Playing popular games also helps children affected by autism relate to their peers, provides them with an opportunity to excel at something of interest, and often produces increased levels of interaction with others. Here are five popular games that help children with autism spectrum disorders get connected with their peers. Read More

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6 Cheap, Downloadable Xbox 360 Games for Families

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When the Xbox 360 launched, Xbox Live Arcade made digital downloads a reality. And nearly a decade later, the Xbox 360 remains an excellent destination for cheap, family-friendly games that you can download in an instant. There are hundreds of Xbox Live Arcade games available to purchase, but we’ve gone through and picked six that are perfect for your family to play together. And they’re all less than $20 apiece, so they won’t break the bank. Read More

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10 Retro Games to Play Together as a Family

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With all the new video games coming out every year, it can be easy to forget that there’s a rich history just waiting to be tapped into. Whether you’re talking Pong or The Sims, games have been bringing people together for decades. But it’s not always easy to get a hold of the highlights and lowlights from the olden days. Here’s a selection of the best retro games that are readily available. They’re best when played together, fun for all ages, and cost less than $10 via digital download stores like GOG, Steam, Nintendo’s eShop, or the PlayStation Network. Read More