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What Positive Impacts has Pokemon had on your life?

#1Krion64Posted 1/19/2013 7:03:54 AM
For me, I taught myself how to read by playing the TCG game for Gameboy Color. When I was four and in daycare, the adults gave us sheets of paper to learn how to write letters as well as what sounds they made. About a year later, my Dad got me a GBC and the Pokemon TCG game for it. While playing it, I had no idea what was going on until I realized, "hey there are letters in this game!"

So I dug out my old worksheets and started to compare them to the game. Being Autistic, I have a rather good memory (which helped with remembering the sounds the letters made) as well as steadfast dedication to repetition (two common traits of Autism). As a result, over the course of roughly two months I learned how to read at a basic level. For stuff that I couldn't figure out myself (silent E's for example), I got only a little help from my Mom and Dad. This was very minimal though.

As a result, by the time I was in third grade, I was reading books at a 7th grade level. I would have my nose buried in a book at least 6 hours every day from first grade until 6th grade, which is when I started to get burned out by reading and turned to video games for most of my fun.

What is everybody else's story?
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#2ElectricNovaPosted 1/19/2013 7:16:15 AM(edited)
Krion64 posted...
For me, I taught myself how to read by playing the TCG game for Gameboy Color. When I was four and in daycare, the adults gave us sheets of paper to learn how to write letters as well as what sounds they made. About a year later, my Dad got me a GBC and the Pokemon TCG game for it. While playing it, I had no idea what was going on until I realized, "hey there are letters in this game!"

So I dug out my old worksheets and started to compare them to the game. Being Autistic, I have a rather good memory (which helped with remembering the sounds the letters made) as well as steadfast dedication to repetition (two common traits of Autism). As a result, over the course of roughly two months I learned how to read at a basic level. For stuff that I couldn't figure out myself (silent E's for example), I got only a little help from my Mom and Dad. This was very minimal though.

As a result, by the time I was in third grade, I was reading books at a 7th grade level. I would have my nose buried in a book at least 6 hours every day from first grade until 6th grade, which is when I started to get burned out by reading and turned to video games for most of my fun.

What is everybody else's story?


Cool, another autistic guy! *high fives*

Anyway, my story is sorta similar to yours, but not really.

I never really had spelling issues... Math on the other hand, I did and still do to an extent. Honestly I think Pokemon may have helped slightly for this, especially with ev training.
But really I think Pokemon trading is like the only reason I actually socialised with anyone at the age of 9, if that counts as a positive impact.

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#3Krion64(Topic Creator)Posted 1/19/2013 7:19:01 AM(edited)
Math has always been a hard subject for me as well, kind of surprising to some teachers I have had given how the media shows people on the autistic spectrum as being super logical and/or geniuses in subjects that involve numbers.

Edit: Socialization for me was I was younger was through beyblades at recess and video games at friends houses.
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#4ElectricNovaPosted 1/19/2013 7:20:59 AM(edited)
Krion64 posted...
Math has always been a hard subject for me as well, kind of surprising to some teachers I have had given how the media shows people on the autistic spectrum as being super logical and/or geniuses in subjects that involve numbers.


yeah, I don't usually tell people that i'm autistic as they automatically assume that i'm a maths genius( maybe slightly exaggerating there lol)people who know me know that i'm terrible at maths.

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#5TableFlipPosted 1/19/2013 7:20:50 AM
Spelling tests.

"Spell psychic"

Okay.

"Spell "Facade"

Okay.

"Spell Deoxyribosenucleic acid"

Okay.
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#6Pale_HeartPosted 1/19/2013 7:25:17 AM
Help kill the boredom and hours/hours of playtime.
#7Krion64(Topic Creator)Posted 1/19/2013 7:28:43 AM(edited)
ElectricNova posted...
Krion64 posted...
Math has always been a hard subject for me as well, kind of surprising to some teachers I have had given how the media shows people on the autistic spectrum as being super logical and/or geniuses in subjects that involve numbers.


yeah, I don't usually tell people that i'm autistic as they automatically assume that i'm a maths genius, people who know me know that i'm terrible at maths.


If I consider anybody close enough to be a friend, I'll tell them because in my opinion, it would help to explain some of my odd mannerisms, as well as the fact that as a friend, they at least deserve to know that much about me.

Plus I'm proud of being autistic (in my case Aspergers Syndrome), because although the number of people diagnosed (when I was 7 in my case) has increased in recent years (how many of those were due to over zealous doctors/parents or morons trying to self diagnose themselves to get out of having to do stuff [unfortunately, it's more common than you might think], I don't know), Autism is still relatively rare, with a range of disorders and traits on the spectrum, so it makes me feel unique.
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#8AlI_About_The_UPosted 1/19/2013 7:30:26 AM
I want to say it helped with my English, but I think Square deserves more credit.

Thank you, Ted Woolsey.
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#9XxMahnaMahnaxXPosted 1/19/2013 7:35:02 AM
I met my best friend because of Pokemon when we were kids.

We're 21 now and we still play.

Last week we beat the Multi Battle Subway, together.
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#10ElectricNovaPosted 1/19/2013 7:48:58 AM
Krion64 posted...
ElectricNova posted...
Krion64 posted...
Math has always been a hard subject for me as well, kind of surprising to some teachers I have had given how the media shows people on the autistic spectrum as being super logical and/or geniuses in subjects that involve numbers.


yeah, I don't usually tell people that i'm autistic as they automatically assume that i'm a maths genius, people who know me know that i'm terrible at maths.


If I consider anybody close enough to be a friend, I'll tell them because in my opinion, it would help to explain some of my odd mannerisms, as well as the fact that as a friend, they at least deserve to know that much about me.

Plus I'm proud of being autistic (in my case Aspergers Syndrome), because although the number of people diagnosed (when I was 7 in my case) has increased in recent years (how many of those were due to over zealous doctors/parents or morons trying to self diagnose themselves to get out of having to do stuff [unfortunately, it's more common than you might think], I don't know), Autism is still relatively rare, with a range of disorders and traits on the spectrum, so it makes me feel unique.


Well I tell my friends too (some of them are also autistic) but not people I don't know that well, I just try and disguise it.

Like you, the form of autism I have is aspergers. Unfortunately, I don't enjoy telling people as they assume that I must be one of the self diagnosed people that are so common now. I've been accused of self diagonsed before. (In reality, I was diagnosed at age 3)

I'm not ashamed about it or anything, I just feel that I have to get to know someone first usually before i tell them. After that i'm always open about it. I would feel pretty bad if I didn't tell them, but I don't want to be judged based on that before I get to know them. Like, if someone already has got to know me, and think's i'm a nice guy, i'll tell them. But I tell them before thery know me there's a chance that they'll judge me and treat me differently based on that. (Happened before)

But yeah, I'd say that I AM proud of it, I just feel nervous going around stating it usually.
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