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Game to Grow - Adam Johns & Adam Davis
Seattle-based non-profit organization


Game to Grow’s therapeutic social groups help participants become more confident, creative, and socially capable using tabletop role-playing games. Founders Adam Johns, MA, LMFT, and Adam Davis, MA Ed, distill best practices and methodologies into the Critical Core project informed by over a decade experience running therapeutic gaming groups.

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Virginia Spielmann

Executive Director, The Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder

Virginia is a British trained Occupational Therapist with more than 20 years experience working in pediatrics. Virginia conceptualized and co-led the development of the Critical Core Project. Virginia has completed her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an Emphasis on Mental Health. Virginia received her autism diagnosis late in life and is a keen advocate of the social model of disability .


Full-service creative agency

As part of an ongoing initiative to provide creative solutions for social good, Critical Core was initiated and is supported by the creative team from dentsumcgarrybowen.

Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental Learning

The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting each person's development to their fullest potential. ICDL was formed over 20 years ago to be the official home of DIR® and DIRFloortime, recognized as the next generation of evidence-based therapies for autism and other developmental challenges.


Andreas Rocha

fantasy scene illustrator

Andreas is a widely accomplished fantasy and science fiction illustrator whose

Clients include LEGO, Wizards of the Coast, and Cirque du Soleil. Andreas has supported Critical Core with custom illustrations and access to his considerable portfolio of personal work.


Grant Griffin

fantasy character illustrator

Austin-based freelancer, dedicated to bringing games to life and a specialist when it comes to fantasy and science fiction illustration. Grant breathes life to the characters of Critical Core, a crucial contribution for helping kids to engage with the game.


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