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4-13-2010 @ 4:18PM
I could never get my autistic son (Asperger's Syndrome) into MMOs. He didn't like having to talk (type) to people. He did get into FPS and now is trying some online squad based games.Gaming has been a big deal for us. We have a weekly gaming night at our house, with several high functioning autistic friends over. It's been great for socializing and bonding. Making friends and appropriate social skills are very hard for people with autism. Listening to a bunch of autistic teenagers talking smack to each other is a riot.If Tsiva reads this, good work and there is light at the end of the tunnel. My son is graduating HS this year, and has been honor roll since middle school.We used the social story books as framework to make stories for him. Since he's a gamer, stories with Mario and Luigi and Bowser worked great. Since your son plays WoW, stories with dwarfs, gnomes, and trolls might work well.
4-13-2010 @ 4:21PM
That's a little odd.I vastly prefer typing to talk to people than speaking to them face to face. While I find it very difficult to speak aloud to people; I find typing to be relaxing and easy.I always assumed that was an aspect of my Aspergers.
4-13-2010 @ 4:25PM
Out of pure medical curiosity, is speaking in general difficult (as in Vent) or is it being face-to-face with people (IRL)?
4-13-2010 @ 4:30PM
My son actually has gotten better at face to face conversations, although usually with the parents of his peers and not his peers.I think that typing in chat was too slow and there was was just too much to do, it overwhelmed him. In the FPSers, he just guns and runs. No voice chat, no chat at all (at least not for him).
4-13-2010 @ 4:37PM
@CaryEverettI'm the same way. I'd rather type than talk.@NazgûlFor me it's eye contact. Two years of social therapy has helped, but for me I can't stand making eye contact with someone. I also have a bad habit of speaking before thinking, which has gotten me into trouble many times.
4-13-2010 @ 4:51PM
"Out of pure medical curiosity, is speaking in general difficult (as in Vent) or is it being face-to-face with people (IRL)?"I was referring to IRL. It's always been my interpretation that part of what makes it difficult to speak to people is their faces. I do a lot better talking to people if we aren't facing each other.I generally don't have a problem speaking with people in vent. In fact, more often than not, I lead raids in vent, which is something I"m proud of.
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