This is one of the first books I purchased after realizing that my son was on the spectrum.  Being a librarian, researching book buys is something I do every day, and I applied myself to finding helpful autism books with gusto.   I was looking for something that would give us a list of suggested play therapy activities that we could pull off at home and was hoping that my mother-in-law would get into the spirit and do some of these with him as well.   She didn’t, but that’s not really the point, now is it?  😉

I found Early Intervention Games by Barbara Sher.  Sher is an occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics.  She has written a number of books designed to help teach skills to autistic children.   This one is excellent.

The first two chapters are an explanation of the sensory processing issues that impact autistic and SPD kids.  She explains the goals of the games presented in the book and specifically how they will help the child.  I like her style and tone – informative enough to be useful to a range of knowledge levels on the subject and conversational enough to remain friendly and non-condescending.

The following chapters are broken down into games specifically targeting the following areas:  social gross motor games, social fine motor games, and water games.  Following these chapters is a useful appendix of games indexed by sensory system or skill stimulated.

The Games are laid out a little like a teacher’s lesson plan, which makes them quite easy to implement.  Each Game includes the following: title, goals, materials, setup, directions, variations, what is being learned, and modifications.  What I found especially helpful is that Sher has included suggestions for what to do if a child is not responding in the manner intended that might help to make the activity more successful.

Early Intervention Games is a great resource for teachers, therapists, and families seeking to develop social and motor skills in very young children.

You can also visit Barbara Sher’s website for more information and to see videos of some of the games being implemented.

6 responses »

  1. I love reading your blog. It’s honest, funny, and I can relate to so many of the things you write.
    About the book… it looks good. What age range is it for?

    • CatHerder says:

      I would have to say 2-5. Although I am sure that many of these games could be used with children slightly younger or older. I don’t know if she has any books for an older range. I’ll take a look and let you know.

      And thanks for your kind words. Most appreciated. 🙂

  2. Howdy superb website! Does running a blog like this take a lot of work? Ive very little knowledge of computer programming but I managed to start my own blog. Anyway, should you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject however I just needed to ask. Kudos!

    • CatHerder says:

      What a compliment for just asking! Thanks.

      I have had this site up for only two weeks, so I might not be the person you want to ask. lol But I’ll answer what I can. The initial setting up of the site in took maybe an hour or two. It takes me, perhaps, a half hour to 45 minutes to write my postings. The thing that has taken me the most time is that post that went a little viral. I wasn’t prepared for that. Since my policy is to respond to every reply, I am still wading through them. It was wonderful, but I’m glad the furor has died down, because now I can get back to working on the actual blog and trying to improve it. I really do want it to be something useful and unique, but that post hit like it did after just two days, so I’m still hashing out what features I might want to add. I was even thinking about a newsletter at some point – on autism related news, etc. Or a discussion group perhaps. But those things are in the future, and I need to build up a real readership first. The thing that, undoubtably, is the most time consuming is the marketing of the blog. I did a little homework first and quickly realized that the most widely read blogs also have Twitter and Facebook accounts, Pinterest and more. I was already well-versed in Facebook and actually have been running a reading group of about 100 people for the past year on there. But I had to branch out to Twitter and Pinterest, which has been fun. Most of my traffic has come from Facebook and Twitter, so that can’t be ignored. So, the initial setup and marketing has taken some time, but I am reaching the point where I can interact more and explore new things to do with the blog. I will probably need, at some point, to move to the self-hosted version of rather than .com in order to have some freedom to do some fancier things. But I’m not ready for that quite yet and need to learn a bit more. I spent quite a bit of time at this useful site in the beginning. You might want to check it out: (Oh yeah. Something else that takes some time is exploring blogs with similar readership. Readers expect a blogroll, and I’m still working on that. I’m trying to include the blogs of my readers, as long as they are related and frequently updated. But really taking the time to check them out is time-consuming. Again, once I get caught up, I believe I will get into a rhythm that works for me. I have a whole new respect for those mega-bloggers out there now. When you get that kind of readership, it is a full time job for sure. One, quite frankly, that I’d like to have! lol Let me know how it’s going. When you get it built up a bit, send me a link. 🙂

  3. cynthia williams says:

    Link not found 😦

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