If you have a child who would be considered “on the Spectrum”, you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by the prospect of homeschooling them. Most homeschool resources are tailored for some other child – not yours – and you sometimes wonder if anyone out there understands what your homeschool day looks like…what your life looks like.
When SimplyFun contacted me about their Autism Initiative, I knew immediately I wanted to share what they were doing with all of you.
A lot of games aren’t particularly autism-friendly. In fact, the idea of a Family Game Night can strike fear in the heart of a mom whose child has autism – no matter where they fall on the Spectrum.
SimplyFun wanted to change this. They wanted to give you tools to help you choose games your ENTIRE family can enjoy! They wanted to take the focus off what autistic children can’t do and find ways to capitalize on their strengths instead.
They gathered a team of experts to categorize many of their games by strengths autistic children may exhibit, so parents could find the right game for their child.
The Autism tab on many of the SimplyFun game descriptions includes information on how the game might meet your child’s specific strengths and interests as well as information telling you if the game would need to be modified and how it fits with characteristics an autistic child might exhibit. There is also a special Advanced Search to help you find the right game for your child by asking you a series of questions and then matching your needs to specific games!
SimplyFun wants to keep the fun in game-playing. They want children to build their strengths and stretch their minds in new ways. They want parents to feel like they are succeeding, and families to feel connected.
I’d encourage you to take a look at what SimplyFun has to offer. Even if your child doesn’t have Autism, take a look around the site and find games that fit your family. I’m a fan of their math-based games (probably because I’m not a fan of math, so playing a game makes math a lot more fun). They have quite a few New Releases, and information on how you can join the SimplyFun team and get discounts on their games as a homeschool mom.
Kudos to SimplyFun for making learning fun for everyone!