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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
Great book, lots of games, I tried many of these games with a 3.5-year old child with ASD, they worked!Published 3 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 7 months ago by Carolyn Dunsmoor
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 8 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 9 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 11 months ago by Teacher of Tots