Game To Grow
The charity behind this amazing idea is called Game to Grow, and founded by Adam Johns and Adam Davis, who have a huge amount of experience with the game itself, and those who play it. Over the course of their gaming career, they have realized that Dungeons & Dragons can be a struggle for those who are uncomfortable in social situations or have social anxiety. Because they didn’t want anyone to miss out, they have created a safe space for these children to play a game in an environment where they feel more comfortable.
Dungeons & Dragons requires a lot of role-playing and character development, and this often takes a lot of confidence. To help those who aren’t quite as confident around others, Game to Grow have created tabletop RPG therapy gaming groups that help around 50 children per week. Many of these kids lay on the Autism spectrum, so this safe space serves as a comforting and natural environment, surrounded by those who are similar to them.
Game to Grow hope to expand these games across the nation and the world so that more and more children are able to experience the joy and the excitement of Dungeons & Dragons. As they have already seen how successful these groups can be, they hope that more and more people will be able to benefit from them.