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About Barbara Sher
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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Award-winning author and occupational therapist Barbara Sher has over 45 years experience helping children with sensory processing disorder, autism and Asperger’s learn and thrive. In this new solutions-based guide, she’s collected 100 sensory-rich games that make working with your child a joy.
"Whimsy and wisdom pour forth from this wonderful book. The fun and functional sensory-motor ideas are easily adaptable to suit all environments, all abilities, all kids and all their grown-ups." ―Carol Stock Kranowitz, Author of The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun
If you’re looking for new strategies to manage your child's sensory processing disorder, this book is a perfect companion to classics such as The Out-of-Sync Child and Raising a Sensory Smart Child.
Everyday Games for Sensory Processing Disorder advocates play as the most effective approach for children with sensory processing disorder, and illustrates the many ways that play can lead to significant breakthroughs, including:
- 100 fun and simple games for parents to play with their kids
- An easy-to-grasp overview of sensory processing disorder
- Inventive ideas for engaging kids, using materials easily found around the house
- Inclusive games geared toward varying degrees of development, with modifications for older children
Barbara Sher, an expert occupational therapist and teacher, has written a handy resource filled with games to play with young children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other sensory processing disorders (SPD). The games are designed to help children feel comfortable in social situations and teach other basic lessons including beginning and end, spatial relationships, hand-eye coordination, and more. Games can also be used in regular classrooms to encourage inclusion.
- A collection of fun, simple games that can improve the lives of children with ASD or other SPDs.
- Games can be played by parents or teachers and with individual children or groups.
- Games are designed to make children more comfortable in social situations and to develop motor and language skills
- Also included are a variety of interactive games to play in water, whether in a backyard kiddie pool, community swimming pool, or lake
- All the games are easy-to-do, utilizing common, inexpensive materials, and include several variations and modifications
The key ingredient in children's development, emotionally, socially, and intellectually, is a strong sense of their own self-worth. The 300 games and activities in this fun book will give them just that. These joyful activities help children learn how to make friends, express feelings, trust others, accept themselves, use their imaginations, and more. The book combines upbeat, positive advice—including tips for better parenting—with step-by-step directions for each activity.
BARBARA SHER, MA, OTR (Whitehorn, California) has 30 years' experience as a teacher and occupational therapist, specializing in pediatrics. Under the sponsorship of the Center for Intercultural Education of Georgetown University, she conducts self-esteem workshops for parents, teachers and children around the world.
A delightful way to build children's self-esteem and self-confidence—from ages three to twelve.
The key to children's development—emotionally, socially, and intellectually—is a strong sense of their own self-worth. The 300 games and activities in this fun book will give them just that. Developed by author Barbara Sher over the course of thirty years as a parent, teacher, and play specialist, these joyful activities require no special preparation or equipment. Families can play a game virtually anywhere, with any number of participants.
Combines upbeat, positive advice—including tips for better parenting— with easy directions for positive play.
- Helps children learn how to make friends, express feelings, trust others, accept themselves, use their imaginations, and more.
Barbara Sher, OT (Whitehorn, CA), has 30 years' experience as a teacher and occupational therapist, specializing in pediatrics. She conducts self-esteem workshops for parents, teachers and children around the world.
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.
Children who move their bodies as part of the learning process are more stimulated and alert-and they retain more of what they are taught. By sharing the upbeat, joyful activities in Smart Play, you can enhance your child's intelligence, boost his or her confidence, teach academic and motor skills, and provide a lasting foundation for learning.
Developed by Barbara Sher over the course of thirty years as a parent, teacher, and play-therapy specialist, this collection of 101 delightful, easy-to-follow games helps children use their bodies to master essential mental skills and concepts. You and your family can play virtually anywhere, with any number of participants, and without special preparation or equipment. So gather the children in your life and get ready to have fun as you open their minds and hearts to new experiences and knowledge.
SPECIAL SECTIONS HIGHLIGHT:
* Encouraging movement and thinking
* Improving motor and social skills
* Enhancing language and math skills
* Fostering parent-child interaction
* Building on children's love of fantasy, action, and rhythm