Using Games To Teach Your Child With Autism

Teaching children with autism can be tricky.  You have to know their developmental age in order to play games that are appropriate for them.  Oftentimes  our kids with autism learn best through a multi sensory approach .  Games are a great way to engage all the senses to cement concepts previously learned.  They are also a great way to work on social skills as well as the master/apprentice relationship.

Never underestimate the power of play on learning for children with autism.


Let me preface my recommendations with a caveat if you will. If your child is super competitive, you might need to play easy board games just you and him. Logan used to come apart when he didn’t win at anything.  We had to work really hard on playing for fun.  He can smell a lesson in disguise from a mile away. Play for fun but be purposeful in the choice of games. Also , you may have to play one round then quit.  Always end on a positive note. ALWAYS!!!

My favorite Bible game is Road to Heaven.   We discovered it in Nashville at my favorite homeschool convention,  Teach Them Diligently. It comes with everything you need to play including a Bible ( it comes with a NKJV which I swapped out for NIV as a personal preference).  The verse to find the answer to the question is printed right on the card.  It’s an easy game to stop and start at your discretion. 

main came up with a great way to repurpose a Sorry game into a fun math review game.  My kids would play this especially if they thought it got them out of a math lesson for the day. I like to throw these games in on Friday when we don’t have a formal lessons planned anyway.



Periodic Table Battleship is a fun game developed by Teach Beside Me.  For those tacking the tough high school subject of chemistry, this is great practice.  I let my people play the regular version afterwards as a reward.  Don’t tell them they are working on problem solving and taking turns no matter which version they play. 



Problem solving is always worked on when playing games. A few of our favorites that may or may not be educational in nature. 




You get the idea at this point.  Don’t discount the amount of learning that happens during play. It looks like fun not learning.  Who says learning can’t be fun?


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