Children learn through play. As an occupational therapist who works with children and youth, I use games and toys almost every day to help develop important cognitive, visual perceptual, motor, sensory, social, play and leisure skills. While many different types of activities can be used in therapy, this blog focuses on off-the-shelf games and toys that are accessible to most. Whether you are a therapist, parent, teacher, or a game lover like me, I hope you discover something useful while you are here. Learn a different way to play a game you already own or discover a new game for your next family game night. Either way, just go play. It's good for you!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Relax Melodies Premium

 A great app to use when you are teaching relaxation/self-calming techniques and also to use as soft, soothing background sounds during therapy sessions. I have used this app a lot and considered it a great find.  Tap each sound to start it, include up to 10 at a time, then tap again to stop it.  Very user friendly. Unlike the picture below, there is a name written under each little picture that describes the sound.  From nature sounds to rhythmic sounds to light music, there are over 100 choices. Sounds repeat until you turn them off.  
Some of the sounds included are river, ocean, birds, train, tribal, choir, sunny day, wind chimes, dreams, icy snow, owls, cat purring, music box, forest rain, pink noise, grandfather clock, frogs, etc.  I have found that when I let kids experiment with customizing their own sounds, nature sounds tend to win out.  There is a sliding bar to adjust the sound level. 
If you are interested in purchasing this app or just want more information, click on the image below to go to Amazon.com.

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