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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Original edition (Oct. 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047039126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470391266
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Early Intervention Games

Children identified with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders are often perceived as needing to be "fixed." However, recent research suggests that what we need to do instead is play with them and help them find the joy in interacting with others. In Early Intervention Games, expert occupational therapist Barbara Sher provides a wide selection of fun and novel games to do at home or in the classroom, including a variety of games to play in water. This indispensable resource can help these unique children enhance and increase their social, motor, and sensory skills. Each game explains the lessons playfully learned and ways of modifying the games so that everyone, regardless of skill level and sensibility, can play along.

Neuroscientists now know that playing is a profound biological process that shapes and enlarges the brain; but from the children's view, it just feels good to have fun. Enjoy the positive interaction with the children in your life that you'll discover in Early Intervention Games.

Praise for Early Intervention Games

"Early Intervention Games brims with sparkling ideas to help children learn the pleasures of engaging in back and forth play. Barbara's warm advice and cool activities invite us to dive right in!"
Carol Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child

"Barbara Sher is gifted in her ability to weave therapy into play while deeply respecting the strengths and uniqueness of each child. In this book, she artfully explains how everyone can support challenged children through brilliantly creative yet practical, low-budget games. Her gentle, welcoming ways pull out the best in children as she shows us how to playfully play."
Mary Sue Williams, co-author of How Does Your Engine Run? Alert Program for Self-Regulation

"Early Intervention Games takes a unique approach with its emphasis on playful activities. Barbara Sher's games and ideas are simple, fun, and wonderful tools for therapists working with children who have Sensory Processing or Autism Spectrum Disorders."
Dr. Lucy Jane Miller Ph.D., OTR, executive director, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and author of Sensational Kids

About the Author

Barbara Sher, M.A., O.T.R., has more than 30 years experience as a teacher and occupational therapist, specializing in pediatrics. She conducts workshops for parents, teachers, therapists, and children around the world, and is the author of nine books, including Attention Games, Self-Esteem Games, and Extraordinary Play with Ordinary Things, which have been translated into eight languages.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Fankhanel on Nov. 29 2009
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I absolutely loved this book, although it states for pre-school ages, I have played most of the games with our children 9 and 7 and they loved them all! What is wonderful is that today teachers are in overload with what is on their plates and when a parent or a specialist comes in talking that their children need sensory strategies, that is enough to overwhelm any teacher as it is just one more thing being put onto them. When we learn that applying sensory strategies to any child improves academics as the research is showing, and then add the critical piece that our world is so quickly forgetting is childhood play, Barbara's book is bringing both play and sensory strategies together, it is a win-win for all.
Lori Fankhanel
Sensory Processing Disorder Canada Foundation
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By Kathryn L. Schmidt on Sept. 21 2013
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This book is a good introduction to recreational/ occupational therapy. I bought this book to help give me ideas on what to play with non-verbal kids with autism. And the book certainly serves that function.
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By Martha on June 24 2013
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This book has fun ideas for games with kids in the spectrum but most of them require more kids to be played. Still, it has many good ideas.
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Amazon.com: 28 reviews
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
not useful May 24 2012
By sahashra - Published on Amazon.com
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all the games are for groups you cannot follow on your own as parent of kid with autism. this is for school setting or group of children
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Early Intervention Games--recommended for non-therapists too Feb. 22 2010
By Douglas Wells - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a great resource for professionals who work with you children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder. The author describes her orientation to working with children without focusing on the "disorders". I read the book as a former children's developmental intervention program coordinator and social worker. Ms. Sher's approach shares social work values of a strengths perspective and person-in-environment approach. She looks at the children's strengths and interests and engages children in their peer environment.
I re-read the book from the point of view of a former pre-school teacher, parent and current grandparent. I have highlighted activities for purposeful fun and skill development with my two developmentally normal preschool-aged grandchildren.
The first two chapters should be required reading for any professionals who work young children with an exceptionality diagnosis. Also, parents of a diagnosed child would find comfort and good philosophical modeling by identifying with the author's understanding and insights into the child's perceptual world.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Mostly group activities.. Aug. 7 2011
By JSusan Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We have just received an ASD diagnosis for my 2 year and 8 month old daughter. We dont have a lot of family close by and our neighbours and friends are not too familiar with Autism. This book is good with a lot of activities for children with ASD, SPD and even Neurotypical children. However, it has its limitations in that we dont always have a group of like minded or cooperative friends who would come over for such activities. So, my chicken and egg problem is this- I would like to do a lot of the socializing activities mentioned in the book (which usually has mostly group activities), but dont have access to groups of (of even 1 or 2 )children (or even adults) who would like to participate.

Loved the book- but its mostly geared for group situations- preferably with like aged children. It could work, if you have a neighbourhood weekly games group maybe.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A treasure trove of ideas for parents, caregivers, therapists and educators; for Early Intervention and beyond Sept. 4 2010
By C. Cross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book covers both ASDs and Sensory Disorders, with a good section explaining how these affect children, which can be very helpful in demystifying the behaviors of children with these issues (especially important for parents like myself, who are new to this subject, with kids who are newly diagnosed or just getting diagnosed!); and this section is followed by a wealth of suggestions for activities to help kids who are affected by these issues reach their potential -- not only in overcoming these specific issues, but also in gaining social skills.

Included with the activities are suggestions for ways to modify them for single children or groups, or for children with specific preferences or quirks; and reading through this book will no doubt serve to inspire ideas for many other activities or modifications as well.

I would also like to note that, in my opinion, the title of this book does not do it justice, because "Early Intervention" implies (to me, at least) that the activities here are only for children under the age of 3-4; which is definitely not the case. Using the ideas presented here in group situations, many of these activities could continue to be enjoyable for several years beyond that age range, as a means of helping kids (particularly those with ASDs) gain or improve turn-taking, sharing and other social skills.

It is my opinion that parents, caregivers, therapists and educators can ALL benefit from this book, whether they are new to this area of study, or have years of experience; and it would be a valuable addition to any of their bookshelves, one that is sure to remain handy for years to come.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good information, but didn't meet my expectations Feb. 6 2011
By Rachel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The beginning of this book provides a wonderful overview of sensory intergration issues--one of the better ones I have read. However, there's a lot of emphasis on aquatic therapy in this book, which I wasn't expecting,and for me, detracted from the overall usefulness of this text. Note, there are many great and fun activities--the book simply wasn't what I was expecting.