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A Recreation Therapy-related Program Plan Using Role-playing Gaming to Prepare

by Hawke Robinson published Nov 11, 2016 11:09 AM, last modified Nov 11, 2016 11:09 AM

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Youth & Adults to Use the Metropolitan Bus

Program plan utilizes tabletop and live-action role-playing game sessions to help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) participants build up confidence and competence toward improved autonomy through use the public transit system.

This adventure activity begins by using tabletop RPG for phase I, and then Live-action role-playing (LARP) (actually using the buses) for the final phase II.

The original version of this program plan was reviewed by Professor Emily Messina, Director of the Therapeutic Recreation for Eastern Washington University.

It has also been reviewed by the Tacoma PAVE Group for addition to their programming schedule. The ASD guardians would like Hawke Robinson to come to Tacoma to implement the program plan, but due to the logistics (he resides in Spokane Washington on the other side of the state), has not yet been able to implement this program. The PAVE group does not have a formal facility, they utilize churches and other ASD guardians' homes for some activities, but generally arrange to meet at facilities for activities periodically. This is one of the reasons why The RPG Research Trailer would be very useful in helping to actually implement programs such as this.

UPDATE 20161103: After meeting again with the Tacoma PAVE group, and several potential participants on October 8th, 2016, there is a tentative plan to begin this program in the late Spring or early Summer of 2017 (or 2018).


If you know of other programs with similar approaches (using RPG for ASD), please let us know, and we will gladly add or link to your information.