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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!

The OT Magazine named The Playful Otter one of the Top 5 Pediatric OT Blogs.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Worst Case Scenario


The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks have a whole line of books for people of all ages. I stumbled onto these when looking for resources to teach kids safety. Some of them are very practical, and others are totally out of this world. I like them because they are written in an irreverent and funny way that teens can appreciate. You can LOOK INSIDE this whole line of books on Amazon.com to see for yourself. This will give you a chance to read the Table of Contents and a couple of chapters to see if they would be useful to you. Chapters are typically kept from two to four pages of easy reading with comical pictures and lots of white space. Here is a link to the yellow Junior Edition book from above. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0811860655#reader_0811860655

One word of caution - some of the material is not something I would introduce in therapy, or even give my own kids for that matter. For instance, there is a Useful Schoolyard Comebacks section in the appendix of this book that I would never use. So I read the material beforehand so there are no surprises. I purchased several of these books before I realized they are all on the Kindle Unlimited list and I can download them to my tablet. For some reason kids can get a lot more excited about something on a tablet versus something in a book. There are times I have used nothing but material from these books during a session and there are times we work on other material and I throw in one or two from the Weird, Extreme, or Gross versions to appeal to teens and give the session a fun edge.

If you are interested in purchasing a book or just want more information, click on the link below.

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