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Old 11-12-2012, 05:41 AM   #1
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Which type of game system is best.

Dd has downs syndrome. She likes to dance, but is quite limited in stamina, balance, etc. We enjoy playing boardgames with her, doing karaoke etc., and we thought a Wi or playstation etc would be a nice addition to our family activities. Is one better than another? We are not into aggressive video games. Just gentle, family fun. If the mods feel this is not the right forum to ask this, please feel free to move it. I just thought people on the disabilities section would be more experienced with this type of question.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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Dd has downs syndrome. She likes to dance, but is quite limited in stamina, balance, etc. We enjoy playing boardgames with her, doing karaoke etc., and we thought a Wi or playstation etc would be a nice addition to our family activities. Is one better than another? We are not into aggressive video games. Just gentle, family fun. If the mods feel this is not the right forum to ask this, please feel free to move it. I just thought people on the disabilities section would be more experienced with this type of question.
I would wait to get the wii vue because it give her a handled held game and one that can play on tv. So if she gets tired playing in the tv she could switch to handled held and still be able to enjoy.I like play station also have wii and some of the wii are little more active because you have to use motion more. Again I would go to target or best buy and try them out to see what you like better. Wii also has more tame games where play station has war driving and sports games. Even some titles on play station are different on wii. I know this dose not help and sorry if it hard to understand.

Again is ps vita and Nintendo 3ds are very good to butt those are hand held and not sure if that what you looking for.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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We have a Wii and DD enjoys the Just Dance games. I know there's a new version of the Wii coming out (or maybe out already), but I haven't looked into it. I already know Santa will be bringing an iPad to our house so that's going to be it for big ticket items.
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IMO...XBOX Kinect (motion sensing input device ) is the best option. You don't need a controller and can do everything by standing in front of the TV. Its real fun!! This is coming from a diehard Sony Playstation gamer...
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:07 AM   #5
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I do know people who use things like Wii Fit and the Wii Sports games sitting down. They can put their feet on whatever pad might be needed, but most of the movements are upper body. I've only heard it really discussed disability-wise in comparison with the Kinnect, which often requires more full-body motion. I definitely agree that if you can bring her to a couple stores that have demos, you may be better off seeing what she can physically manage. You won't necessarily be able to test with the sort of game you'd be playing at home, but she'd at least be able to see whether some of the fine motor parts of the remotes would work and the general body motions needed.

I know as someone with limited lower body ability and so-so fine motor, I've used a Wii with no problem to play games. I don't own one, but have tried one when visiting friends and would consider one if I could afford it. A friend with a Kinnect (who knows me incredibly well and understands my physical limitations) feels that I'd not do well so I haven't tried it. I tend to think of the Play Station as more sedentary with fiddly hands for most basic games that don't need special equipment, but I haven't looked at one in years. I also mostly know people who use PlayStations for games that are more aggressive (with the exception of Rock Band, but that requires special equipment).

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Dd has downs syndrome. She likes to dance, but is quite limited in stamina, balance, etc. We enjoy playing boardgames with her, doing karaoke etc., and we thought a Wi or playstation etc would be a nice addition to our family activities. Is one better than another? We are not into aggressive video games. Just gentle, family fun. If the mods feel this is not the right forum to ask this, please feel free to move it. I just thought people on the disabilities section would be more experienced with this type of question.
Read this great article. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/...-20Kinect.aspx
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We have both a Kinect and a Wii. Both are great. It really depends on her stamina and abilities and how much she can/likes to move around. If she can be more active the Kinect is fantastic. There is even a Disneyland game where you get to walk around the park!
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I find the Disneyland game incredibly frustrating. The mini games are fun for the most part but navigating the park is hard!
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I am going to move this to the disABILITIES Community Board since it is not about WDW.
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Good article.

I have not used the Kinect, but it looks great.

My older DD and her husband have wii, which they have brought over and set up to play games with my younger DD. Because of her fine motor skills issues, she has trouble with pushing the correct buttons at the correct time and with holding onto the controller. She needs quite a bit of help to use the wii games.

If your child is able to manage the controller, I would look at which system has the games you are most interested in.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:28 PM   #10
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I vote for the Xbox 360 with Kinect. Like a pp said, no worries about holding the remote while trying to dance and making sure it registers your moves. They have lots of different games for the Kinect, just a little pricier than Wii games.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:59 AM   #11
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I am going to move this to the disABILITIES Community Board since it is not about WDW.

Good article.

I have not used the Kinect, but it looks great.

My older DD and her husband have WWII, which they have brought over and set up to play games with my younger DD. Because of her fine motor skills issues, she has trouble with pushing the correct buttons at the correct time and with holding onto the controller. She needs quite a bit of help to use the wii games.

If your child is able to manage the controller, I would look at which system has the games you are most interested in.
I did not know we had a Disabities Community Board. This is great. Thank you for all your answers. I think I'll look into an X Box Kinect.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:19 AM   #12
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You didn't mention how old your daughter is. I find the Wii has many more choices for kid friendly games. We have friends with many varieties of ability level, and all can and do enjoy the wii games to different extents. For example one friend loves Mario Kart even though I don't think he has ever actually made it around the track, he just drives to the places he likes to be

Several of the boys like the bowling game, and what we have found is that its a great way to introduce a sport like that for a child who might not have great stamina for "real" bowling, so that when we do actually go to our group bowling they have a much better idea of how the game is played and the time we are there is more successful if that makes sense. Same thing happened for my son with archery...learned the concepts on the Wii, then went to archery lessons and had a wonderful time. (I really didn't think he was going to be able to pull the bow back, but I was wrong!)

As my son has gotten older (he is 9) he goes back and forth between the PS3 and Wii. Right now he is enjoying Mario Party 9 on Wii. I'm considering Little Big Planet Karting for Christmas, however another thing you need to keep in mind is that the PS3 and Xbox both have online options that include being able to talk to and interact with strangers, something my son wants to do, but doesn't do very successfully. I have to supervise to make sure the people he ends up playing with aren't mean or potty mouthed....I don't look forward to the teen years and him wanting to play war games this way, and so have tried to encourage more Wii games at least for now.

I realize these are more social issues and less about physical ability level,but wanted to add my 2 cents in hopes that it helps you!
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:46 AM   #13
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Thanks for all your replies. I just got an xbox on a black friday deal. It should be a nice surprise for the family.
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