The book 101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger’s, and Sensory Processing Disorders, is a book that I was recently given the chance to review. This book is full of all kinds of different games and activities for your child. Everything from Sensory Development and gross motor to communication and social senses, this book has things to help your sensory seeking child have fun and learn through play.
From the book:
“For children with autism, Asperger’s, and Sensory Processing Disorders, one of the best ways to learn is through play. Moving their bodies and interacting and social skills. Yet the biggest challenge parent, teachers and loved ones face with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders is how to successfully engage them in play.
In 101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger’s, and Sensory Processing Disorders, pediatric occupational therapist Tara Delaney shows you how to teach your children and enhance their development through playtime activities. The interactive games presented in this guide are easy to learn and will provide hours of fun and stimulation for your child. Plus many of these games can be played indoors or outdoors, so your child can enjoy them at home, outside or on field trips. “
As many of you know it can be difficult to get your child to interact with other children and sensory activities that they are sensitive to. For example, my daughter seeks messy play for fun but when it comes to her being messy during meals she gets aggravated. Making fun messes helps her relax and enjoy her time. Things like finger painting and playdoh are both things she enjoys doing.
Currently we are struggling with bath time. I think we finally figured out that the reason behind her new fear of the tub is the noise of the water. To help her overcome this fear we have started doing fun activities in the tub before the water starts to get her comfortable in the tub. Letting her sit in the tub with her clothes on with no water and play with shaving cream. Once she gets messy it’s time to turn the water on and start cleaning up her mess. Removing clothes piece by piece and gradually turning the water on so it does not frighten her. But in the book 101 Games and Activities… I learned a new game to play:
- Bathroom with a bathtub
- Bubble bath
- Small (2 inch) floating bathtub toys
- Fill up the bathtub with water and bubbles.
- “Hide” objects in the soap bubbles, and instruct the child to go look for them.
- Once the child finds an object, have him explain what it is, its color, and its shape.
- Communication: Using the bathtub ritual (most kids like baths with bubbles), this activity is a way to make bath time into speech therapy time. You can elicit language by asking the child to identify the objects, make the noises associated with the objects, and so on.
- Shape , color recognition: By having the child identify shapes, colors and object, you promote communication and a more solid understanding of descriptive language.
- Sensory: Playing with water is a rich way to integrate various components of the touch sense.
However in our case this not only is a good way to help improve her speech and communication skills but it is also a way to help get her in the tub for play time without realizing it’s fun learning time as well as cleaning time. Three birds with one fun stone!
With all the wonderful ideas in this book you are sure to find something perfect for your child. Have fun at home and make therapy a game and not a chore. Help your child learn, communicate and interact through games and activities.
“More than one hundred games that help your child:
Make eye contact, stay focused, and strengthen his or her motor skills.
Associate words with objects and improve language and numerical skills.
Learn social skills needed for attending preschool and school, including how to interact with others and taking turns.”
With each game and activity the author goes through whether it’s an indoor or outdoor activity, the supplies you will need, how to do each one and what the purpose of each activity does to help your child. This book is great for therapists and parents alike to come up with new ways to entertain your patient/child. I’ve read a lot of books on different ways to help my kids but this one sets up each activity in a way that makes me want to do them because I clearly know what each one will do and help with. This isn’t just an information overload book it is a book that my kids are glad that I have. There is something in here for each and every child. Each day can be a fun learning experience.
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