|Feel your way to success. A game of sensory perception and memory.|
In the box: Plastic dome, 49 plastic miniature items, 20 cards
This game was a staple in many therapy catalogs several years ago. It won multiple awards and then it just disappeared. I'm not sure why, but you can still find it on ebay, and for less than it sold for originally in the therapy catalogs ($50). The dome is plastic and the bottom is about the diameter of a dinner plate. The top of the dome opens and is hinged, but does not stay open on its own. The front of the dome has an opening covered by flexible material so that the player can insert his hand into the dome and feel for a piece without being able to see what he is doing. The back of the dome has a clear plastic window in it so that you can watch what the player is doing or he can look in and find the item with vision.
|LEFT - The front with hole for the hand. RIGHT - The back with window.|
|Cards with matching items.|
|Inside the dome. The lid is being held up.|
I have to apologize at this point because there is also a timer on the top of the game but mine is broken and I don't have details about it. I see the number 1 at one end and the number 30 at the other, with 30 tick marks in between. I imagine you can set it anywhere in between, but that is just a guess. There is also a small light bulb in the roof of the lid that you can use to help illuminate the pieces but I never have. BTW - you can still buy expansion packs for tis game but I think they are a little pricey.
- Allow the individual to examine each item before putting it into the dome. Look at them, feel them one by one, talk about the characteristics and the overall feeling of each and how the different parts of the item feels and how it helps you identify the item.
- Ask the individual to think about what they are feeling, not just passively finger the item. Verbalize it.
- Start with fewer items in the dome. Sometimes I have started with two items. Add the items back in gradually for the just-right challenge.
- Sort the items with sight and lay each one on its matching picture.
- Search by category without a picture. For instance, put your hand in and find an animal or a piece of sports equipment.
- Pile the items on the table so that parts of some of them are hidden or so that some are upside down or backwards, etc. Can the individual find and sort them onto the matching pictures on the cards. If the individual has difficulty, separate and/or reduce the number of items to where he is successful and then start adding in a few at a time for a greater challenge.
- Place the pieces on the table if you are not working without sight. The lid does not stay open and otherwise you will have to hold it open.
- Watch the player through the window as he moves his hand around. Give him instructions for finding the piece such as move to the left, feel along the right edge, or it's in the middle. Can he follow your directions?
- Ask the individual to place his hand in the dome to search and watch his hand through the window. Can he use his sight in this position to help him?
- Show the individual a card. Ask him to place his hand in the dome and using the window pick up the pieces, squirreling them in his palm and not pulling his hand out until he is holding all the pieces from the card.
- Using one card at a time, place the pieces, one at a time, in the players palm and ask him to bring it to his fingertips and orient it in the same direction as the picture on the card before putting it down. Place the pieces upside-down, backwards, etc. so the individual will have a chance to practice in-hand manipulation.