Games Role-Playing and Autism
Comments: Last year I Dungeon Mastered a group including a boy on the Spectrum and his family. The father hoped that gaming would help his son develop his social skills. I can't say whether that was successful or not, I haven't seen them in a few months. A few random observations about the experience:
- Dealing with the boy was not hard, dealing with the family and their conflicting priorities was. Like, his (Neurotypical) sister could get a handle on the rules better and faster than anybody else, parents included, but just wasn't that interested in the game, and at times I thought the boy resented that. The father tended to scold the boy whenever he looked absent-minded (Which could happen fairly often), but the father's scolding was actually a lot more disruptive for the game-flow than the boy's usually short and unobtrusive lapses.
- The boy seemed to like creating his own stories. A lot. He seemed to have difficulties confining himself to the actions of a single character in a shared world. Maybe a story-game that afforded him more control would have been more successful than a traditional Role-playing Game.