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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Friday, March 27, 2015

Nationwide Home Safety

This is a great site I stumbled onto when looking for resources to teach home safety to teens.  Through a format of games and scenarios, seven types of home dangers are explored.
  1. Trips and slips
  2. Falls from a height
  3. Electrical dangers
  4. Fire
  5. Heat
  6. Sharp objects
  7. Poison
Four games can be played to raise awareness and test yourself:
1. Injury Investigator - Read a scenario about an injury, then look around the house, from room to room, to decide what caused the injury.

2. Hazard Hunter - Scan through the rooms in the house and click on anything that looks like a hazard from a specific category.

3. Word Wise - Play a word search game with clues and answers related to home and personal safety.

4. Picture Peril - Scan a page of pictures and click on those that relate to the scenario given.

The one drawback of these games for me is that they are timed. There are many more resources at this site, and for all different ages. If you are interested in checking this site out further, here is the link. http://www.nationwideeducation.co.uk/safety-education/home-safety/students/12-14_hazard-house/int_games.php

Try this:
  • Ask questions to gauge understanding after playing the game.
  • Go through the child's home and make a checklist of visible hazards. Problem solve solutions to what is found. Ask child to present to parent.

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