In the classroom, playing Go Go Games can help students learn to notice multiple features and differences, with just enough challenge and encouragement to keep them engaged. According to the developer, they consulted therapists, game developers, and educators when creating the app, plus, it was tested by 30 students on the autism spectrum who provided feedback on their experience. If your students need help with this particular skill, Go Go Games can be a very useful tool disguised in fun, colorful games.Continue reading Show less
Go Go Games is an app with three games that help kids learn to notice differences in objects that are similar. Each game shows kids a set of objects (trucks, trains, or spaceships) and asks them to match an object with another that looks the same in three varied methods of gameplay. On the main screen, kids can choose between three games: Build-a-Train, Wheels & Roads, or Out of This World. Each game has unique characteristics, but the basic learning premise is similar in all three. For example, in Wheels & Roads, you guide a car along one of three roads. Each road has a sign depicting a car, and you identify the correct road by matching your car to the right sign. Match six objects correctly and you move to the next level.
In each game, kids are provided with simple spoken instructions and visual clues (if necessary), as well as cute sound effects and colorful images. The games were designed using techniques of Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT), an evidence-based behavioral intervention that, among other things, helps kids notice multiple features in the objects around them. This skill can help kids learn in many ways, from reading to social interaction.
Kids can build the ability to distinguish between similar objects, an important building block for learning (and a skill that may be especially challenging for some kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder). These games helpfully provide feedback for both right and wrong answers, and give kids lots of encouragement with on-screen stars, level progression, and praising words surrounded by colorful, animated graphics. During play, kids'll practice following directions, analyzing visual evidence, and thinking critically.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).
Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
Speaking & Listening
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
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