Asberger Syndrome Social Skills GamesBy Ganz, Jennifer B.; Intervention in School and Clinic, Vol. 36, No. 5, pp. 308-309
Publication Date: May 2001
Article discussing The Idiom Game, a board game that targets students ages ten to 16 who have difficulty with nonliteral English phrases, and What's Up?, a board game for students of all ages that focuses on practicing appropriate pragmatic language. The Idiom Game resembles Trivial Pursuit, with cards that come in four different categories, each with two questions: one for beginners, and one that is more challenging. All questions and categories are aimed towards creating an understanding of a particular idiom. What's Up? resembles the board game Sorry! Individuals with Asberger's Syndrome often think literally, and can't understand phrases such as "shoot from the hip," or "that's life!" What's Up? has cards that put the player in a social situation where he or she must decide what is the proper phrase to use at a certain point in a conversation. While these games cannot replace structured social skills programs, they are helpful in providing students with information and practice that make conducting themselves in social situations easier.
Published by: Sage Publications (Website:http://www.sagepub.com)