This article is part of the Adapting Board Games for Neurodivergent and Disabled Kids series. Find the main page for this series here.
Popular Card Games
- Go Fish!
- Crazy Eights
- Old Maid
Card Game Challenges for Neurodivergent and Disabled Kids
- Grasping, holding, and manipulating the cards can be tricky for some kids
- The complexity of card game rules and strategies can be a challenge
- Traditional playing cards can be difficult to decipher
Skill-Building with Card Games
Card games help with:
- Identifying numbers
- Sequencing numbers
- Comparing numerical value
- Mental math
- Skip counting
- Asking questions
- Picking up and holding
- Taking turns
Suggestions for Adapting Card Games
Use card holders. When holding cards is a challenge, find supports that make sense for the child.
Use containers. For making picking up the cards from a pile more manageable, place the cards in a slightly larger container than the cards themselves.
Change the rules. Cards allow for creativity! Change the rules or make up new ones to create an inclusive game for everyone!
Familiarize the child with traditional cards first. Traditional playing cards can be difficult to decipher at first. Photocopy the cards enlarged and then laminate. Get the child familiar with the images, symbols, colors, and value of each card before playing with others. Practice by playing matching, sorting, and counting games, etc.