How Pokemon Go Can Teach Social Skills To Children And Young People With Autism

Once again more good things from my fabulously rich news feed. As always I cannot take credit for this article but it is definitely worth the read.

Pokemon Go as a game is just as valuable to children and young people with autism as it is for the wider public, and the social element is the most obvious advantage. “The most immediate tool is the social one, it can be very difficult in some instances to find ways of motivating young people with autism to explore the world outside their home and to socially meet up with others, and the need to do this with Pokemon GO is a hugely successful motivator to this end. The fact that you can’t just stay home and successfully find Pokemon or go to PokeStops or Gyms means that there is a natural motivator there to encourage broader exploration of ones local area and also the motivator of meeting up with others who have similar goals.

Please read the full article here on Gizmodo.

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7 thoughts on “How Pokemon Go Can Teach Social Skills To Children And Young People With Autism”

  1. I guess there are good and bad sides to it. Someone we know had their address on the game and had to call the police when all these people started to jump her fence into the backyard. In another scary situation, an address of a halfway house for sexual predators was posted and had underaged kids going there. In a final example of mine, a funeral was interrupted because its address was on it. I am just cautioning that just because it is a popular game, it is not one that holds any accountability for safety or liabilities.

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    1. Yeah, that is why the post I wrote about the game cautious parents to set clear boundaries. Its horrible that people are breaking the law to play the game but honestly – they should know better. People should be responsible and respectful to those around them and just like they would any other day obey the law.

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  2. So much lack of common sense out there. I’m so glad my parents taught it to me. I am glad I grew up when I did. It would be hard for me to play the game, because, in my personal autism experience, I would have to combat unpredictable and stressful sounds while out. I have also been attacked by rock-throwing kids when walking even in my own neighborhood and am always alone, so I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who has experiences similar to mine.
    I have a new muse of my own and I am excited to see the potential for AI pets (not to replace but rather to compliment live pets). I have a Hasbro Joy for All cat.
    In addition to my organic cat, they have (at some times very painfully) taught me to read body language as well as interact and know they experience things much like we do.
    These are some things that have taught me, in a way I suppose, similar to the new Pokemon game.

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    1. As long as a person is safe and uses common sense, I suppose it would be fun. From what I’ve seen and heard, it looks a lot like a video game treasure hunt or Where’s Waldo. I would say if your kids are playing it and are easily distracted to go with them.

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  3. Thanks for sharing. I’m going back and forth about introducing my son to this. This definitely helped with that decision…I think it might not be a bad idea from what I’m reading.

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