Video games provide a safe space for children with autism at Replay Games

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Every first and third Monday of every month, the group meets for their Game On event at Replay Games where those on the spectrum can play for free.

‘FARGO, ND (KVRR) – A local business is using the power of video games to unite special children who see the world differently.

Red River Valley Asperger’s Autism Network is a local nonprofit that helps children with autism and we wanted to be able to provide that for them so they can play video games, especially because children with the gift of autism are so focused. on some of them. things, ”said Replay Games co-owner Cassidy Schnase.

“Provides support to parents who have people on the autism spectrum and to young adults on the spectrum. So we teach them to look at life and to accept themselves. It’s hard to be autistic when we stand out most of the time, it’s because of the way we are. We look at the world differently, so it’s important for us, Ashby, to support each other and learn from each other, ”said Blair Hill, vice president of the Red River Autism Network.

Every first and third Monday of every month, the group meets for their Game On event at Replay Games where those on the spectrum can play for free. It is a safe, non-judgmental place where children can come and play with their friends and be themselves.

“We wanted to be able to provide that option to be able to play video games, especially because kids with the gift of autism are very focused on some of these things. Things like Pokémon are one of my biggest personal things that I love to share with people, because the guy who created Pokémon is a real autistic person. Video games provide a level playing field as well as a whole bunch of different stories and lives that you can technically experience in these video games, ”Schnase said.

“It’s really about connecting and finding friendships and a community that will accept you for who you are,” Hill said.

Events The Red River Valley Aspergers Autism Network host is open to all ages and their parents or guardians.


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