Man plans Pinball Education Center in Frederick

December 6, 2017 by  

Joe Said hopes to open a pinball center in Frederick soon, at a spot on East Street, creating a place where people with disabilities, including autism, can come and have fun.

Said is calling his new venture the Pinball Education Center, and hopes he will be able to use pinball as a means for helping people on the autism spectrum learn something about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects.

Said notes that a pinball machine has a great many components, and simply learning how they function can be educational. He plans to open with 20-30 machines in place, and will add more as the business grows. He believes playing pinball can help people improve both their fine and gross motor skills, as well as their coordination, especially between the hand and eye. He also thinks that opening the center will allow people to develop social skills.

Pinball was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s, but began to lose ground when video games became popular, although there are signs of a pinball revival. Madison House Autism Foundation’s president, JaLynn Prince, said people with autism might enjoy pinball because the game is exciting but predictable, plus the lights and bells are enjoyable.

Businesses like this can benefit if the owner works with a flyer printing company to create a handout publicizing the new venture.