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Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders Paperback – September 28, 2009
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Children identified with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders are often perceived as needing to be "fixed." However, recent research suggests that what we need to do instead is play with them and help them find the joy in interacting with others. In Early Intervention Games, expert occupational therapist Barbara Sher provides a wide selection of fun and novel games to do at home or in the classroom, including a variety of games to play in water. This indispensable resource can help these unique children enhance and increase their social, motor, and sensory skills. Each game explains the lessons playfully learned and ways of modifying the games so that everyone, regardless of skill level and sensibility, can play along.
Neuroscientists now know that playing is a profound biological process that shapes and enlarges the brain; but from the children's view, it just feels good to have fun. Enjoy the positive interaction with the children in your life that you'll discover in Early Intervention Games.
Praise for Early Intervention Games
"Early Intervention Games brims with sparkling ideas to help children learn the pleasures of engaging in back and forth play. Barbara's warm advice and cool activities invite us to dive right in!"
—Carol Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child
"Barbara Sher is gifted in her ability to weave therapy into play while deeply respecting the strengths and uniqueness of each child. In this book, she artfully explains how everyone can support challenged children through brilliantly creative yet practical, low-budget games. Her gentle, welcoming ways pull out the best in children as she shows us how to playfully play."
—Mary Sue Williams, co-author of How Does Your Engine Run? Alert Program for Self-Regulation
"Early Intervention Games takes a unique approach with its emphasis on playful activities. Barbara Sher's games and ideas are simple, fun, and wonderful tools for therapists working with children who have Sensory Processing or Autism Spectrum Disorders."
—Dr. Lucy Jane Miller Ph.D., OTR, executive director, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and author of Sensational Kids
About the Author
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A tireless advocate of the vanishing art of kid's play, Barbara's books, CDs, workshops and podcasts have enlightened and inspired parents, caregivers and teachers worldwide in ten languages. Her CD "28 Instant Songgames" won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio SNAP award, and Dr. Tony's Best Vacation Children's Products. She is a regular contributor to Parenting for Special Needs and Sensory Focus magazines.
Barbara currently works on the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
To receive a free game designed for your child or student's needs, visit www.gameslady.com
Top Customer Reviews
I re-read the book from the point of view of a former pre-school teacher, parent and current grandparent. I have highlighted activities for purposeful fun and skill development with my two developmentally normal preschool-aged grandchildren.
The first two chapters should be required reading for any professionals who work young children with an exceptionality diagnosis. Also, parents of a diagnosed child would find comfort and good philosophical modeling by identifying with the author's understanding and insights into the child's perceptual world.
Loved the book- but its mostly geared for group situations- preferably with like aged children. It could work, if you have a neighbourhood weekly games group maybe.
Included with the activities are suggestions for ways to modify them for single children or groups, or for children with specific preferences or quirks; and reading through this book will no doubt serve to inspire ideas for many other activities or modifications as well.
I would also like to note that, in my opinion, the title of this book does not do it justice, because "Early Intervention" implies (to me, at least) that the activities here are only for children under the age of 3-4; which is definitely not the case. Using the ideas presented here in group situations, many of these activities could continue to be enjoyable for several years beyond that age range, as a means of helping kids (particularly those with ASDs) gain or improve turn-taking, sharing and other social skills.
It is my opinion that parents, caregivers, therapists and educators can ALL benefit from this book, whether they are new to this area of study, or have years of experience; and it would be a valuable addition to any of their bookshelves, one that is sure to remain handy for years to come.
Whether used at home, in the classroom, in the therapy clinic or at camp, these games offer adults wonderful ways to help these children overcome social obstacles and build confidence from a very early age.
Her book, "Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders" is an important resource for parents, teachers, Early Intervention Specialists and therapists alike.
It's no wonder Barbara Sher is The Games Lady [...]). She makes learning FUN...as it should be.
"Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders" is a WINNER.
Thank you for sharing your creativity and love of FUN with all of us.
President, Sensory Street, Inc.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, lots of games, I tried many of these games with a 3.5-year old child with ASD, they worked!Published 5 months ago by VT
Very poor writing and editing. In the space of 4 paragraphs the author jumps from a classroom example (that she doesn't finish), to Picture Exchange Communication and diet. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carolyn D
A good book to have on hand for many helpful hints that we could use with our out-of-sync child. We need all the help that we could find.Published 10 months ago by Hedy
Our program will use this book in our parent library as a resource for parents, teachers, and therapists that are working with young children.Published 11 months ago by mary w
Love the background information on sensory processing disorder and how best to utilize these strategies with this and many other types of disorders. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Teacher of Tots