Board games which allow people with Dyspraxia express themselves or realise potential

It is interesting as a person with Dyspraxia to think about perhaps some of the things I’ve never tried doing before. Maybe there’s some things out there in which it could be an area of potential, or something where I’d be a valuable asset to a team? Who knows?

But what I know, is there’s some particular board games where you people with Dyspraxia could develop something which may be an area of development which isn’t at a higher level, or use some of their hidden talent. Below I shall be talking about some of my favourites!

1. Chess- Chess is one of my favourite board games to play. It’s perfect for me, because it means I’m interacting with one person at a time and I’m able to focus more on the situation.

What I do find interesting about Chess, is the ability to use the skill to think ahead. It’s a given in Chess that thinking ahead wins any game. There is also the ability to use any erratic type of strategy of preference and win purely out of throwing any sort of move combinations out there and hoping for the best. I’ve certainly done that before. So what I love about Chess, is the ability to think ahead and think about the potential of what the opponent might do, or be creative with it and just create your own method of winning.

2. Monopoly- This is another game where thinking ahead is the key to success.

I’ve recently found out what is apparently (plus proven myself when I recently won) the best way to win a game of Monopoly.

The characteristic of Dyspraxia which is in play here, is the attention to detail. This would also be known as the “Chance Card” to me. Because it’s 50-50 whether I can pay attention to fine details in situations or not.

However, I won’t spoil the fun by letting you all in on the secret (if it’s still even a secret) of how to win Monopoly. Of course people have to be kind as well and accept your trade offers during the game. All it takes is a bit of sweetening the pot and your good to win Monopoly.

3. Trivial Pursuit- I will say this. If you’re ever on any “Sports and Leisure” questions… I’m your man! I will literally just stick to trying to land on the Sports and Leisure questions the whole time. I have a decent wealth of knowledge in this department in terms of names of famous sports people and I can sometimes recall sporting events which are ingrained in my mind.

I’d definitely be an asset to a Trivial Pursuit team. And the thing here is all about the knowledge, which some who don’t understand a dyspraxic persons sometimes insane wealth of knowledge about particular things will call pointless.

There are quite a few of those pools of knowledge for particular subjects in my brain for sure. Some would say they’d wish people like me would have knowledge for more “meaningful things” or remember more important things. My answer to this is simple… Do you want to win Trivial Pursuit or not?

4. Twister- This is only game in this list I’ve not played a lot of. There may be reason for that, but I can’t base it off much apart from the fact that it’s not a game which sparks much inside me or gives me that energy to want to play it. Or maybe it’s one of those more extroverted type of games? I don’t really know. I don’t know much about Twister.

What I do know about Twister, is from an outsider’s point of view it doesn’t look too bad of a game. In addition, it would help a person with Dyspraxia develop more in terms of doing physical tasks and developing the muscle memory which will come more naturally.

5. Scattergories- This is one of my favourite games hands down. I’ve had countless hours of fun playing this game with friends and family.

This is the game where I can use all the “pointless” information I have logged in my mind. It makes it even more sweeter when I win.

I just picture it when I do win and am able to think of the most obscure answers for the categories in question. Someone is bound to say “How on earth do you know all this stuff?” Well again, simple answer. I’m dyspraxic. In simple… I know stuff you don’t. Sorry not sorry!

6. Boggle- Like Scattergories, Boggle really is about using that really quite astounding and perhaps unrealised depth of knowledge. It’s also a great chance to learn from people around you of different words you could use to be more creative.

Creative thinking is without a doubt one of the biggest strengths of Dyspraxia. People with the condition are generally quite amazing at being able to think outside the box.

Even though during the game of Boggle the sole purpose is to think literally “inside the box” because you are thinking of words you can make with the letters which are connected… It’s the combination of inside and outside of the box thinking that could be that critical last ditch point which wins you the game.

7. Charades- This is really a game which I find quite interesting.

In many ways, with the combination of Dyspraxia and ASD that I have, this game believe it or not helps me in some ways become more emotionally mature.

If I remember correctly, the last time I played this, there were actions that were put on display to go with words such as “Crazily” or “Suspiciously”. While it is difficult for me to sometimes think beyond the very simple emotions a person might feel such as feeling happy, sad and angry (probably the 3 most common), I’m able to understand what someone’s facial expression might look like relating to these sorts of feelings.

Charades is definitely a game where it allows you to express creativity and also perhaps realise hidden potential in acting. Maybe something to think about.

8. Articulate!- This is a sort of game which also involves attention to detail.

It also requires very quick, on the money type of thinking. This is one of the few points you could be grateful for your brain feeling like it’s on a washing machine spin cycle.

One thing this game involves is creative thinking in being able to describe things, places and people amongst other things. I love the game and the depth that it has that makes me want to keep playing it. Definitely one for family occasions if that’s your cup of tea.

This bunch of games are definitely ones I’d recommend you add to your library of board games.

Not only can you exercise your brain in many ways, but you could also realise some perhaps unknown areas of potential while developing areas that you may not be as developed in. Why not give these games a go? They are great fun!

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