Children with autism could get help from games that help them develop certain skills

gaming-autismVideo games that require teamwork could be used to improve the social skills of children with autism.

It’s a simple idea that makes a lot of sense, but University of South Carolina researcher Roger Newman-Norlund has had trouble landing grants to pay for a study of the concept.

So Newman-Norlund is taking an unusual approach–crowd-funding. He set up a Kickstarter account and a website,, which explains the basis for his work. His goal is to raise $150,000 in two months.

“Every year, we would try to apply for government grants and we would get shot down,” said Newman-Norlund, director of USC’s Perceptual Motor Development Laboratory. “The government doesn’t think it’s important, so why not go to the people who do think it’s important?”

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