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December 14, 5:33 PMSeattle Special Needs Issues ExaminerShelley Dillon

WhizKid Games is an online portal designed to help kids with autism develop independent living skills.

The brand new website has a series of free online computer games designed for children with autism which were created by a group of final year multimedia students from Swinburne University, in collaboration with Bulleen Heights Autism School and the National eTherapy Centre.

According to an article at dixigner.com, WhizKid Games is an online portal just launched this month that aims to help autistic children develop their independent living skills, focusing on areas such as coping with change, recognising emotions and non-verbal communication.

It includes 16 therapeutic games themed around everyday activities such as getting dressed, going to school and following a schedule.

In developing WhizKid Games, students were given expert advice by researchers from the Swinburne Autism Bio-Research Initiative (SABRI) and teachers from Bulleen Heights Autism School.

According to SABRI director, Associate Professor David Austin, the games will provide a real benefit for children with moderate to severe autism.

I took a few of the games for a spin and I am happy to give it a thumbs up.  The games are engaging and colorful with lots of fun, cute characters.  I particularly love the Australian accent!

Give it a try at whizkids games!

Source:   http://www.examiner.com/x-19093-Seattle-Special-Needs-Issues-Examiner~y2009m12d14-Whizkid-games-online-help-with-kids-with-autism



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