Wheelhouse Workshop’s therapeutic social skills groups use tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons to help teens build real-life social skills.
Why Tabletop Role-Playing Games?
In our social skills groups, we use tabletop role-playing games to help teens, adolescents, and emerging adults become more confident, creative, and socially capable. The inherent benefits of tabletop role-playing games are numerous, and become even more beneficial if intentionally facilitated by a professional.
While we were brainstorming for our presentation at PAX South in 2016, we filled an entire whiteboard with reasons why tabletop role-playing games are inherently beneficial, and narrowed down the four main reasons we use tabletop role-playing games in Wheelhouse Workshop’s social skills groups. No matter the reason players decide to play these games, they are developing and practicing skills.
Tabletop role-playing games help players:
- learn to take the perspectives of others;
- improve their frustration tolerance;
- develop their creative problem-solving skills;
- and cultivate communication and collaboration skills.
To top that off, they are fun!
Click any of the benefits above to read a short description of the social skill and some specific ways that we highlight them in our groups.