Video Games helping Autistic Children Communicate
Erik Ackerlund – The article below comes to us from our friend Patrick Scott Patterson. News organizations have a certain love affair with bad news, and with video games it is no different, often various studies are done trying to link video games with aggressive behavior or other negative traits. But there is a flip side, Scott is out there finding the great untold stores of gamers and their personalities. Here Scott delves into how one particular family has utilized video games to help their autistic child become a better communicator.
Patrick Scott Patterson – writes: John Pompa, a video gaming champion with Twin Galaxies and a resident of DuBois, PA, has been taking on a challenge far greater than any video game for several years now.
“My eleven year old son Donovan is diagnosed with Autism,” said Pompa. “He was about two or three years old when the doctors at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh diagnosed him. It’s the most challenging thing for me to communicate with him, because he is pretty much non-verbal.”