Tag Archives: autism spectrum disorder

Weekly INT Boost – Take a Breather

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming articles you may have missed. This week, we have a peek into our E3 AFK Room, new research on VR and autism, and a lot more. Amid the madness of E3, there’s a silent sanctuary for rest (and adult coloring books) ”We need to […]

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This Short Documentary Explores LARP, Autism and the Power of Acceptance

LARPing Saved My Life is a short documentary by VICE. It follows Jon Gallagher, a LARPer with Asperger’s syndrome, and other members of his community. For Gallagher, like for many others, LARP is a chance to be a protector and a hero, a chance to make friends and work outside his comfort zone, and a […]

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VR Helps Autistic Kids Overcome Social Challenges in a New Study

New research out of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas offers a potential new way for young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to prepare for social situations in a safe environment. Researchers used a VR training program to help participants learn strategies for potentially challenging social situations like meeting […]

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Like to Fidget? This Ridiculously Popular Kickstarter Might Be For You

Lots of people with mental health issues or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) like to have something to do with their hands. Folks with ADHD often use fidget toys to focus. Stimming can be calming for people with ASD. Fidgeting can be a way to express anxiety for people with anxiety disorders. Some people are able […]

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This Simple Wearable Could Make Tracking Autism-Related Anxiety Easier

Wearable technology has plenty of potential health benefits, but sometimes you don’t need a $500 all-purpose device to solve a problem. In some cases, simple is best, and the Snap is definitely one of those cases. It’s a wearable that’s intended to make tracking anxiety a lot more natural. Tracking is a good way to […]

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When Games Like No Man’s Sky Become Too Much

At their best, games can be a healing experience or a good distraction when we need one. At their worst, they can devour our time and leave us feeling awful. Writing for Let’s Play Video Games, Laura Dale explains how No Man’s Sky became that game for her — the one that started off well, […]

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‘To The Moon’ Is Getting a Mobile Remaster and a Sequel Next Year

Have you played To The Moon? It’s a beautiful game. It tells the story of two doctors who help make dying wishes come true, exploring lives to build memories that allow their patience to die without regrets. In the process, it also provides an intimate look at the lives of two women coping with autism, […]

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How One Minecraft Server Helps Kids With Autism

Minecraft is a blank canvas for creativity, one that’s loved by kids and parents alike. It’s been lauded for the skills it helps children build, like problem-solving, communication, research, and persistence. Its educational potential also makes it particularly popular among parents and educators of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Take this Australian school, where […]

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Here to Help: How One Player Found a Kindred Spirit In Dragon Age

Last year I was hospitalized – I couldn’t go a day without breaking down into hysteric, full-body sobbing about how much I hated myself, and how everyone in my life would be better off if I was dead. And I really felt like dying was the only solution. Years of trauma built up and I […]

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One Author Brings Neurodiversity to the Apocalypse

If you’re neurotypical and able-bodied, apocalyptic scenarios can be fun thought exercises. You probably know the one: where would you go if the dead were rising? A wholesale warehouse, the mall, a top-floor apartment? Who would you trust to have your back? What would you stockpile for food, weapons, and long-term survival? If you have […]

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