The Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor and Sensory GamesUsing Every Child's Natural Love of Play to Enhance Key Skills and Promote Inclusion
Fun easy games for parents and teachers to play with kids of all ages Play is increasingly recognized by neuroscientists and educators as a vital component in brain development, academic success and learning social skills. In this inspiring and useful resource, Barbara Sher provides step-by-step directions for how to use children's natural interests at different stages of their development to help them develop a wealth of sensory motor and social skills. All the games have also been designed to provide plenty of joyful opportunities for encouraging inclusion. Offers strategies for helping all kids, but especially those with special needs, to develop social, motor and sensory skills Filled with simple games using common materials that can be used by teachers, parents, and caregivers with both individual kids and groups Provides explanations and examples of how the games can aid in a child's development This resource offers parents and teachers a fun and easy way to include all children in activities that will engage all of their senses and promote important skills.
Preface xxi Acknowledgments xxvii Introduction: The Power of Play and the Synergy of Games 1 CHAPTER 1 Spontaneous Games for All Ages 7 Playful Learning Games That Can Happen Spontaneously and Often Need Nothing More Than a Smile Waiting Games for Airports, Restaurants, and Doctor’s Offices 8 What Would Mary Poppins Do? 8 Clarifying Judge 17 Can You Say What I Say? 21 Who Are We Today? 22 Walking Outside Games 23 The Benefits of Pretend Play 27 Games Just for Little Ones (Ages Two to Seven) 28 Count for Cooperation 37 Traveling Games 44 The Honorable Head Garbage Taker-Outer 45 CHAPTER 2 Games for Babies 47 Daily Games to Play with Babies to Develop the Brain and Deepen the Adult-Child Connection What’s in Grandma’s Purse? An Inquiring Toddler Wants to Know 48 The Talking Hand 54 Than Feelings 57 Making Faces with Lance 60 Chalk and the Bubbie 68 Rings on a Stick (or Something Similar) 72 Small Is Nice Too 77 CHAPTER 3 Progressive Games for Ages Three to Seven 79 Inclusive Games That Use Only One Material to Enhance Multiple Skills The Upside of Making Your Own Educational Toys 81 The “Bring Me” Game 86 Beanbag Games 87 Blanket Games 94 Two-by-Four Games 100 Hula-Hoop Games 107 Horizontal 111 Unusual Gifts That Cost a Little and Please a Lot 115 Ladder Games 117 Magazine Tube Games 125 Inside of Us 131 Plastic Bottle Games 131 Rope Games 137 Rocker Board Games 147 Don’t Rush Arnold 154 CHAPTER 4 Therapy Games for Ages Three to Twelve 157 Home Therapy Games That Enhance the Basic Skill Domains Fine Motor Games 158 Gross Motor Games 171 Sensory Games 183 Social Skills Games 195 CHAPTER 5 Short Group Games for Ages Three to Fifteen 207 Quick Movement Games That Stimulate Thinking, Feeling, and Creativity Chris and the Box 208 Short Games for Young Children (Ages Three to Ten) 209 You Say What I Say? 214 Enticing Nona 215 Have Names 223 Nikolai Finds Art 226 Short Games for Older Kids (Ages Seven to Fifteen) 231 To Touch and Be Touched 237 Ignoring Clarissa 251 Appendix: Home Therapy 253 About the Authors 259 Index 261
Barbara Sher, M.A., O.T.R., has over 40 years of experience as a teacher and occupational therapist, specializing in pediatrics. She conducts workshops for parents, teachers, therapists, and children around the world and is the author of seven books, including Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders and Self-esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves.
After decades of research, educators now know that play is how children learn. Science has proven that play is a vital component in brain development and that new neural connections are formed when children are playfully engaged. In this inspiring and easy-to-follow resource, Barbara Sher offers techniques for promoting play in the domains of the senses—such as kinesthetic, visual, tactile, and auditory—as well as the emotional and social realms—awareness of others, sharing, turn taking, cooperative play, and reading social cues. Included are A plethora of fun and easy games that use commonly found materials, which can be played and enjoyed with an inclusive population so everyone is included in the fun. Multi-sensory games that stimulate brain development and foster the integration of the senses by enhancing motor, social, language, and cognitive skills. Ideas for parents, teachers, and counselors on extending play outside the learning environment—including potentially stressful moments, such as waiting or traveling. The Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor, and Sensory Games presents a rich variety of play activities that enhance learning and development. Praise forThe Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor, and Sensory Games "A treasure trove of fun activities that support development." —Lindsey Biel, OTR/L, coauthor, Raising a Sensory Smart Child "Try these sensory games and rejoice in their many virtues! They are fun, easy, natural, adaptable, and oh, so helpful for getting kids 'in sync.'" —Carol Kranowitz, author, The Out-of-Sync Child and Growing an In-Sync Child "Everybody loves to play and everybody wants to be included. Those developing differently will be able to join in the game with peers while at the same time practicing key skills." —Chantai Snellgrove, Founder/Editorial Director, Parenting Special Needs Magazine
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