How 'Pokemon Go' is helping kids with autism and Asperger's
The moment 12-year-old Ian Thayer asked his mom to go outside for Pokemon hunting, Stephanie Barnhill was struck with wonder and excitement.
No, she wasn't obsessed with trying to catch all 145 Pokemon.
Ian has Asperger's syndrome, and for him, that means he struggles with social interactions and motivation to go outside. Barnhill often had difficulty asking and persuading Ian to leave his comfortable loft area to explore outside. He'd even rejected "Pokemon Go" at first.