D&D can help people with autism

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D&D can help people with autism

Postby Big Mac » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:34 pm

A friend of mine pointed me at a story, from CBS Canada, called How slaying dragons and rolling dice can help people with autism.

There is a group, called Autism Nova Scotia, that has been running tabletop games to help people who have autism to have fun, while improving their social and communication skills.

It's a really great story. It's great to see tabletop games improving things for people. :)
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Re: D&D can help people with autism

Postby Hugin » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:08 pm

This isn't the only story I've heard about on this subject. I think it's starting to get a lot more recognition it this area. The most recent time being in a video by Penny Arcade's "C" Team and their guests discussing how they use D&D with autistic children. It was inspiring.

I've long believed that playing an RPG has a multitude of benefits, and helping with autism was no big surprise to me.

On a bit of a side topic, my wife and I bought "No Thank You, Evil!" for our girls (4 & 1/2 and almost 6) for Christmas (although it's mainly for our oldest at the moment). We're played twice now and she loves it. Seeing how she reacts to situations, puts two-and-two together, and gets creative, is (as a parent) absolutely awesome to watch. It our gateway into D&D down the road.

I can well imagine how people feel when they see loved ones with autism reacting to playing D&D.
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Re: D&D can help people with autism

Postby Havard » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:21 pm

Interesting :)

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