After decades of research, educators now know that play is how children learn. Science has proven that play is a vital component in brain development and that new neural connections are formed when children are playfully engaged.
In this inspiring and easy-to-follow resource, Barbara Sher offers techniques for promoting play in the domains of the senses--such as kinesthetic, visual, tactile, and auditory--as well as the emotional and social realms--awareness of others, sharing, turn taking, cooperative play, and reading social cues. Included are
A plethora of fun and easy games that use commonly found materials, which can be played and enjoyed with an inclusive population so everyone is included in the fun. Multi-sensory games that stimulate brain development and foster the integration of the senses by enhancing motor, social, language, and cognitive skills. Ideas for parents, teachers, and counselors on extending play outside the learning environment--including potentially stressful moments, such as waiting or traveling. The Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor, and Sensory Games presents a rich variety of play activities that enhance learning and development.
Praise forThe Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor, and Sensory Games
"A treasure trove of fun activities that support development."
--Lindsey Biel, OTR/L, coauthor, Raising a Sensory Smart Child
"Try these sensory games and rejoice in their many virtues! They are fun, easy, natural, adaptable, and oh, so helpful for getting kids 'in sync.'"
--Carol Kranowitz, author, The Out-of-Sync Child and Growing an In-Sync Child
"Everybody loves to play and everybody wants to be included. Those developing differently will be able to join in the game with peers while at the same time practicing key skills."
--Chantai Snellgrove, Founder/Editorial Director, Parenting Special Needs Magazineshow more