The winner is comment #2 from Lisa, congratulations!
Did I ever mention that Ashlyn is a game-aholic?
As in, she could play board games, card games, computer games every waking moment of every day?
So when Social Skills Central, an amazing site and also my sponsor for Blogher ’12 (yes I’m going!!!) asked me to review two of their Hidden Rules Card games I jumped at the chance and she may have begged me incessantly to play the moment they arrived at our door.
We had the opportunity to try the Hidden Rules in Social Situations card game and the Hidden Rules in the Classroom card game and Ashlyn was all for playing both.
The games are played “Uno-style.” You go back and forth placing cards but every few cards there is a social skills lesson and question. I really liked the that the players do not have to do something social skills related every turn, it keeps the pressure off of them and makes it much more fun. Also, the game is for ages 6-12, I would say 6 is definitely the youngest age and verbal skills are necessary but Ashlyn is 16 and loved the game so it works for older kids too.
Often these games are geared towards play with students and their teachers or patients and their therapists BUT, and here is the part that I loved more than I may be able to explain…
You know how your kids come home from school and they either:
a) Can’t express what happened during their day
b) Completely ignore/answer with only “nope” or “yep” to any question that remotely sounds like “how was your day?”
This game gets around this question asking like a Jedi mind trick and the information just starts pouring out of them via the situations that are presented on each card.
I may have heard about buried stories of gag-worthy classroom habits, who talks during fire drills and had to blink back a tear or two during a lonely lunch room tale.
So anyway, I can’t say enough about both games and, even though they were given to me, I would like to give one to you because I love them that much.
If you don’t win or you must have the card game right. now. use this discount code for one or both games: WAHQ (cannot be combined with other offers, expires 8/3/12) from The Guidance Group.
To enter just leave a comment letting me know your favorite quality about someone you know or love with autism and also which card game you would rather have.
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Social Skills Central is my official sponsor for Blogher ’12 and although this review is associated with my sponsorship, all opinions are my own. Giveaway is only available to U.S. residents.
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