In the Spotlight:The Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor and Sensory Games
Using Every Child’s Natural Love of Play to Enhance Key Skills and Promote Inclusion
This newest book by Barbara Sher, MA, OTR, is with Karen Beardsley and illustrated by Ralph Butler. It contains 272 pages and the cover states, “Using Every Child’s Natural Love of Play to Enhance Key Skills and Promote Inclusion.” Barbara has once again poured herself into an amazing resource that will benefit teachers, parents, therapists and all of the children with which they work or live.
Even if you have not read her other 6 books, this alone is a treasure trove of games that give you endless ideas and activities to involve children by peaking their interest and increasing their attention in meaningful play. As a pediatric occupational therapist, mother, grandmother and workshop leader, Barbara bears the nickname of
“Gameslady,” and this book will again reveal why that is so apropos. She begins her book with an introduction of “The Power of Play and the Synergy of Games” which adds to the reader’s understanding of the true importance of these games. They are not just for fun, but, have a real purpose in the child’s development and how the brain processes and benefits from the activity. The book is chock- full of games and each provides the goals, materials, setup, directions, variations and modifications when needed. From infancy to teens, the reader as well as the child will be inspired by Barbara’s wisdom and playfulness.
Chapter One: Spontaneous Games for All Ages
Chapter Two:Games for Babies
Chapter Three:Progressive Games for Ages Three to Seven
Chapter Four:Therapy Games for Ages Three to Twelve
Chapter Five:Short Group Games for Ages Three to Fifteen
Kathleen Morrisis a pediatric speech pathologist and former sensory-based clinic owner in Dallas, TX. She currently speaks across the country, training professionals and she works internationally training in orphanages. She is currently writing Sensory Soup to be released in 2014 and can be found at www.SensorySoup.com.