Autism Needs

Our Approach to Autism Needs

SimplyFun believes that all children have the opportunity to benefit from game play. For children on the autism spectrum, we focus on the child’s strengths and interests while providing suggestions that help offset common challenges. This approach is unique to us and comes from our commitment to finding ways for all children to reach their potential, share their accomplishments, and connect with family and friends.

Our games have been analyzed by an independent team of advisors who have identified games within SimplyFun’s portfolio that build on common strengths found with children on the spectrum, as well as providing suggestions for game play suitability and/or changes to the game play to make the game more accessible.

Our unique approach to game analysis reviews our game attributes first focusing on strengths and interests, and then focusing on common challenges. The game content that we evaluated include:

Strengths and Interests

Is good at matching visual items
Has a good memory for sensory details, including visual, touch, taste and smell
Has a good memory for words, phrases and dialogue
Has a good memory for pictures, numbers and patterns
Likes to put things in order or a sequence
Learns through visualizing or “replaying” actions in his or her mind
Like activities with rules, such as math and phonics
Is very concrete and literal
Learns in small “chunks” (for example, phone numbers are 3 chunks of numbers - XXX-XXX-XXXX - that are combined together)
Is good at non-verbal reasoning and logic
Likes spatial problem solving
Can read well with good vocabulary, though may not fully comprehend content
Likes to use and has good fine motor skills
Likes established routines or set ways of doing things
Likes manipulating, constructing, or building things
Likes to use and has good musical abilities
Like to use and has good drawing skills

Common Challenges

Appears to ignore others communication and/or has difficulty giving eye contact to a communication partner
Has difficulty understanding complex verbal directions
Uses vocabulary inaccurately or demonstrates echolalia (repeating another’s speech)
Gets stuck repeating a verbal topic or physical actions and/or has difficulty attending to others' actions or topic
Has difficulty producing speech/communication
Has difficulty sequencing multi-step actions and/or doing complex abstract tasks
Demonstrates difficulty initiating and maintaining social interactions
Acts out or demonstrates avoidance behaviours when frustrated, overwhelmed, or needs more sensory input
Has short attention span for non-preferred activities
Needs sameness or consistent routines and/or has difficulty with transitions from one activity to another
Has difficulty understanding others' feelings, intentions, and the reasons for others' actions

Where can I find this information?

Not all SimplyFun games are suited to the needs of those on the autism spectrum. However, if a game is appropriate we provide more detailed information on the game to help in selection. To locate this information, go to Shop Now > All Games and find the product you are interested in. Then click the product and scroll down to the Autism Tab.