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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047039126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470391266
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Early Intervention Games

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

Barbara "The Games Lady" Sher is an internationally popular occupational therapist specializing in developing children's natural love of play to enhance sensory, motor and social skills. She conducts workshops for parents, teachers, therapists and children around the world and is the author of an award-winning CD and nine books which have enlightened and inspired readers worldwide in ten languages.

More About the Author

Award-winning author Barbara "The Games Lady" Sher is an internationally popular occupational therapist specializing in developing children's natural love of play to enhance sensory, motor and social skills. "Here comes The Games Lady!" greeted her at the classroom door so often that the name stuck. Barbara's "unplugged" approach to play emphasizes spontaneity and playful movement, using simple materials, throwaways and recyclables re-imagined in endless variations, as learning toys that encourage a vast array of skills.

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


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Very good suggestions for helping keep the child focused and teach them basic skills.
Sandie Berkey
I re-read the book from the point of view of a former pre-school teacher, parent and current grandparent.
Douglas Wells
This book is good with a lot of activities for children with ASD, SPD and even Neurotypical children.
JSusan Thomas

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By sahashra on May 24, 2012
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all the games are for groups you cannot follow on your own as parent of kid with autism. this is for school setting or group of children
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Wells on February 22, 2010
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This book is a great resource for professionals who work with you children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder. The author describes her orientation to working with children without focusing on the "disorders". I read the book as a former children's developmental intervention program coordinator and social worker. Ms. Sher's approach shares social work values of a strengths perspective and person-in-environment approach. She looks at the children's strengths and interests and engages children in their peer environment.
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.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JSusan Thomas on August 7, 2011
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We have just received an ASD diagnosis for my 2 year and 8 month old daughter. We dont have a lot of family close by and our neighbours and friends are not too familiar with Autism. This book is good with a lot of activities for children with ASD, SPD and even Neurotypical children. However, it has its limitations in that we dont always have a group of like minded or cooperative friends who would come over for such activities. So, my chicken and egg problem is this- I would like to do a lot of the socializing activities mentioned in the book (which usually has mostly group activities), but dont have access to groups of (of even 1 or 2 )children (or even adults) who would like to participate.

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.
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This book covers both ASDs and Sensory Disorders, with a good section explaining how these affect children, which can be very helpful in demystifying the behaviors of children with these issues (especially important for parents like myself, who are new to this subject, with kids who are newly diagnosed or just getting diagnosed!); and this section is followed by a wealth of suggestions for activities to help kids who are affected by these issues reach their potential -- not only in overcoming these specific issues, but also in gaining social skills.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Atomic Mama on November 26, 2012
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It is a great resource if you have a classroom of kids but not so helpful for a parent trying intervention games at home because many required multiple kids and/or adults.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on February 6, 2011
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The beginning of this book provides a wonderful overview of sensory intergration issues--one of the better ones I have read. However, there's a lot of emphasis on aquatic therapy in this book, which I wasn't expecting,and for me, detracted from the overall usefulness of this text. Note, there are many great and fun activities--the book simply wasn't what I was expecting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Fink on November 24, 2012
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As a speech therapist, this book is perfect for ideas and techniques to use with patients and their parents. It is especially handy on my kindle.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ida Zelaya on November 18, 2009
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Once again, Barbara Sher gifted us with a jam-packed collection of games for hours of purposeful fun, this time for children with social skills challenges. In this collection, each game is thoughtfully and lovingly designed to bring out the beautiful and often hidden side of our children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder).

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.

Ida Zelaya
President, Sensory Street, Inc.
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