Mission Cognition, LLC

                                                  Special Education Enrichment & Training Center


   


Playing games is a great way to fill leisure time and socialize with friends and family. Teaching game play is often not a priority when planning goals for individuals with disabilities as the focus may be on increasing communication skills, self help, academics and/or decreasing challenging behaviors. Additionally, some individuals with autism and developmental disabilities may not demonstrate initial motivation or interest in games. At Mission Cognition, we believe in the importance of possessing a game play repertoire and assert that learning to play games is a socially significant behavior, which may increase opportunities to engage with others in a pro social manner throughout the lifespan. Research has shown that learning to play games may lead to increased appropriate social interactions and joint attention along with decreased non-engagement outside of play sessions (Baker, 2000). In addition to learning and applying the rules of the game, participants may also learn to ask and answer questions, attend to turn, tolerate waiting, learn new language concepts and work to become a gracious winner or loser.  Specific teaching procedures have been shown to result in high levels of learning, maintenance and generalization of game play (Oppenheim-leaf, 2012).  More information about teaching game play, using game play materials to teach a variety of additional skills and measuring progress may be found here: