P•G•C Frequently Asked Questions

PUP GAMING COMMUNITY’S (PGC) mission is to offer a safe, fun and positive gaming experience for kids with social difficulties to make friends, learn teamwork and build confidence.

The PGC is the first ever gaming community designed especially for kids with social difficulties.

Our programs have been carefully designed by experienced professionals with years of experience working with kids with social difficulties.  The gaming protocols used to create positive social interaction focus on SAFETY and EVIDENCE BASED RESEARCH

The PGC staff is experienced and specifically trained to work with these kids.

But the real difference is that The PGC recognizes the need to take care of parents and guardians as well.

PGC believes strongly that:

  • Kids are far more motivated when they are having fun.  Games are fun.
  • Parents are happier and far better at everything when they are less stressed.

PGC strives to deliver for both kids AND PARENTS!

Games IRL. This means Games IN REAL LIFE so kids will be engaged with the group. No video games or games on any screens will be played. Examples of games played in the PGC are 

  • Cup stacking — we call it “PUP Stacking” 🙂
  • Basketball “pop a shot” – we call it “PUP a shot” 🙂
  • Corn Hole Bean Bag Toss – we call it, uhhh, Corn Hole Bean Bag Toss
  • Lego Building
  • Giant Darts – don’t worry — soft rubber darts!!

And many many more — we’ve got lots of fun surprises in store for both kids and parents. Notice that none of our Games IRL involve viewing a screen — that’s HUGE — read the next FAQ below for more on this. All games are built to work for kids on their own and in a team format which will encourage communication and social skills.

Plus, we’re always looking for and developing new games that fit our protocol too so every week can be a new adventure!

Multiple studies have established that there’s a direct link between the amount of time kids spend in front of a screen and how fast and successfully they develop communication and social skills.  Here are links to those studies. Don’t feel like reading them, here are some takeaways you’ll want to know:

  • For every 30 minutes of screen time there is a 49% increased risk of expressive speech delay (Birkin, 2017).
  • Children who spend more than 2 hours a day on screens scored lower on language and thinking test (National Institute of Health, 2018)
  • The use of mobile devices in children has risen from 5 minutes a day in 2011 to 48 minutes per day in 2017 (Common Sense Media, 2017)
  • Almost 40% of children under the age of two use mobile media (Common Sense Media, 2017)

AAP Recommendations

  • Less than two hours per day for children ages 5-18
  • No more than one hour a day for children 2-5
  • None for children younger than 18 months of age

PGC gaming protocols are evidence-based and were designed by a SLP with extensive experience working with kids with all levels of social difficulties (including ASD).   In addition, a strong commitment to safety in all activities throughout sessions increases the chance for fun for kids (and relaxation for parents!)

All sessions are supervised by experienced personnel who offer progress reports with the goal of all participants making “progress through play”.

PGC is all about safety first. We take every precaution on all games to minimize risk of injury (examples: nerf balls, rubber golf balls, plastic stacking cups, bean bags, etc). Plus we have coordinated with the staff at our location to create a detailed emergency plan to ensure any issues will be addressed immediately and no kid will ever go unsupervised at any time.

PGC is not group therapy and is not intended to replace any therapy deemed appropriate by parents or guardians.  PGC has made no efforts to get our gaming sessions covered by any insurance plan and cannot make any representations about insurance coverage.

Kids who

  1.  Are ages 3 – 18 (up to 21 if appropriate – register for details)
  2.  Are fully toilet-trained and can participate in group events without excessive disruptions.

NOTE:  For those who don’t qualify, a “PGC training program” will be offered (details coming soon!)

No. All kids attending the PGC will be placed in age appropriate groups throughout the gaming session.  Exceptions may be made for certain kids based on circumstances. Register for details.

The maximum for each session is 30 kids.

PGC strives to maintain a ratio of 1 supervisor for every 5-6 kids at each session.  We maintain back up supervisors on call for times where scheduled supervisors need to cancel at the last minute.

PGC plans to offer events as often as weekly if we get enough interest (so spread the word!)  Sessions each day are in 2-hour “blocks”. Kids can register for more than 2 hours when desired.

We know things come up that require schedule changes so PGC offers a full refund if your reservation is cancelled within 72 hours of the date reserved.  Within 72 hours we offer a 50% credit for a future session. Watch for incentives to register early — remember PGC lkes to have FUN and gifts/prizes for early registration are fun in our opinion!

If we hope to keep the fun going, we have to run on time.  There will be 10 minute windows for drop off and pick up. Anything outside of those windows will require an additional charge of $20.  Multiple early drop-offs or early pick ups will disqualify your child from attending future gaming sessions.

Please understand — We love parents and guardians and want you to have a great PGC experience — so we’ll give you a warning or two, but remember we’re creating an amazing experience for all involved for less than you’d pay a babysitter, so hopefully you understand!

While we understand the desire to see your kids having fun, family member and guardians are not permitted to be spectators during PGC sessions.

There are multiple reasons for this approach:

  1. We want to encourage social and communication interaction with other kids.
  2. Space limitations
  3. We want parents and guardians to have fun during sessions too!  There will be many great options available to enjoy your time during a PGC session and you need the break and relaxation!

NOTE: Sessions may be videoed and we’re working on ways for parents and guardians to be able to access the video.

All supervision teams for PGC will have experience in working with individuals with social difficulties including ASD and spectrum related conditions.  In addition, PUP requires our own comprehensive training program in our game rules, effective problem-solving and emergency procedures during group events.

The PGL has established a Code of Conduct to create a safe, fun positive experience for all involved.  Repeated violations of the Code of Conduct may result in suspension from gaming sessions and/or required sessions in the PGL Training League before being allowed to resume your season.

The PTL is a gaming group we’re developing that offers training and practice for participation in the PGL for kids who aren’t quite ready to participate in the PGC just yet.  Kids may be required to play multiple sessions in the PTL before joining/rejoining a PTL group. 

Register for more details of the PGCT and to get on our mailing list for early registration when our schedule of PGCT sessions are announced soon!

We know what gamers like!  Join us and find out!!