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How Games Can Help Teach Social Skills

How Games Can Help Teach Social Skills

Free webinar at 1 p.m. Eastern time (US), Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Playing games is a key part of child development. Children with autism often have difficulty forming peer relationships, but fostering game skills may serve as a lifelong bridge to engaging with peers.

Board Games and Social Skills – Positive Support

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The speaker:
Gray Atherton, PhD, has a BSc in Child Development from Vanderbilt University, a Master’s in Counselling from University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences from University of Houston. She has previously lectured at University of Houston and the University of Wolverhampton. Prior to entering academia, Gray was a counselor for adolescents with neurodevelopmental conditions. “I am interested in understanding how people with autism spectrum condition see the social world. Specifically, I explore individual differences in social processing and how these differences often found in people with autism also exist in the general population. I also investigate anthropomorphism, or seeing the human in the non-human, and how this relates to social processing in autism. To investigate this I am developing virtual reality techniques that allow for anthropomorphic experiences. My other research interest lies more broadly in embodied social processing. I am particularly interested in how movement can affect the way we see ourselves and our social partners, and how this can be used to understand special populations.”

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