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Dungeons & Dragons and Autism | CWK#33

By October 6, 2020March 10th, 2021No Comments

It’s a role-playing game that’s been around for more than forty years, but Dungeons & Dragons is finding new popularity these days — and at KidsPeace, it’s also found a new role in helping young people with autism.  On the latest installment of Conversations with KidsPeace, therapist Rob Harvey describes how he’s turned his passion for D&D into a surprisingly successful approach to learning and practicing social skills and teamwork for his clients – who are having fun at the same time!  Bob Martin hosts.

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Video Podcast Show Notes


For those not familiar with Dungeons & Dragons, can you describe the game and how it’s played?


How did you come to think about using it for your autism program groups?


What were you hoping to accomplish in your groups by introducing the game?


What adjustments have you had to make in the game to make it work for those goals?


Tell us what happened when you first introduced the game to your group.


Do you think D&D and its similar role-playing games could be used in other ways in the therapeutic space?


What’s your favorite Dungeon-master life hack?
Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Director of Communications at KidsPeace. 800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797 |