Sunday, August 21, 2011

Play Therapy Games for Children with Developmental Delays

When I work on specific skills for students with developmental delays, I always incorporate play therapy. Whether we are working on fine motor, gross motor, or perceptual skills, I make sure that the activities are fun for the child.



Working as a pediatric occupational therapist is a fun and challenging experience. I see children with a variety of diagnoses and I incorporate play therapy into my treatment on a daily basis. Because children learn as they play I carefully assess their areas of challenge as they play and work on those skill areas during play activities. The skills that I address include fine motor, gross motor, social, cognitive, and sometimes speech and language skills (usually working closely with a speech pathologist).


It can be fun, yet challenging to come up with play activities to address each of the skill areas listed above. A child may not have weaknesses in every area, but I typically incorporate all areas into a play therapy session just for skill practice.

 Here are some suggestions of play activities to work on each skill area:


Fine Motor Skills:

-        Legos

-        Play Dough

-        Magnadoodle

-        Bead Stringing

-        Block Stacking

Gross Motor Skills

-        Hokey Pokey

-        Simon Says

-        Hop Scotch

-        Rover-Rover

-        Obstacle Courses

-        Jump Rope

Social Skills

-        Social Stories

-        Board Games

-        Bingo

-        Card Games

Cognitive Skills

-        Puzzles

-        Mazes

-        Hidden Pictures

-        Concept Games

-        Concentration Card Game

Speech/Language 

-        Which one Doesn’t Belong?

-        I Spy Game

-        What color is the…?

-        Matching Games





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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Keyboarding Practice

Keyboarding practice can be a major headache or it can be tons of fun! If I have the choice, I prefer to make it fun for my students, and the best way to do that is to use the many free online resources that are available. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite websites that have keyboarding practice games and information. Have fun and practice typing every day!

Elearning

TypingWeb

Type Master

Typing Games

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