A therapeutic computer program allows children with autism to
cope with noise and improve sensory processing, all while enjoying
a favorite activity-playing a video game.
Because children with autism often
struggle with managing sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and
balance, EASe games, which stands for Electronic Auditory
Stimulation effect, helps them adapt, says Bill Mueller, president
of Vision Audio and developer of the game. The music, for example,
helps get kids used to noise, while the driving and flying games
help to manage a child's sense of balance. "Your sense of space, at
least within the virtual space, is always being challenged," he
says. "You have to be able to resolve the differences between your
natural sense of where you are in space and what the game is
showing you visually."
Each of the six games, which include a snowmobile and a UFO
theme, can be purchased online at easecd.com.
Another company, Maximum Potential Group, has a video-based
Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, therapy program that instructs
teachers on how to work with children on the autistic spectrum
through a series of DVDs. To find out more about these video
programs, visit maximumpotentialkids.com.
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