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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!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Jeopardy-style Valentine & Dating Social Skills Game


My Christmas Jeopardy-style game did very well in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, so I have added a new Valentine & Dating Jeopardy-style game. It is created on Powerpoint and includes 25 questions/scenarios related to Valentine's Day, dating & relationships, and dating safety. Answers are not included as multiple responses will be appropriate. Questions were created to start conversations and offer opportunities for role playing. Instead of using the words boyfriend and girlfriend, I use the word "steady". This way questions are not gender specific and can be answered by either sex. I often take my computer to therapy and we play the game right off the computer. I have used these types of games with high functioning teens with autism and they have responded favorably to this format, as opposed to just having a discussion session. If you are with a big group you can project it onto a screen. 

PLEASE NOTE: The questions on this Powerpoint game are the same questions on my Valentine & Dating Social Skills task cards activity. 

PLAY:
Open the Powerpoint program on your computer. On the category grid on slide 2, choose a category and a question (A-E) that you want to see. Click on the letter and you will jump to that page. Read and answer the question. Then to return to the category grid, just click on the heart icon at the bottom in the left hand corner. Pretty simple. I used letters A-E instead of numbers, like the real Jeopardy, because I don't usually keep score. During therapy we typically take turns answering questions, instead of one person who keeps going until they miss. I make sure that there are no "misses" and that each answer is clear before moving onto another question. Sometimes, if I want to use a score instead, I will use dice. After each turn, the person throws the dice and adds that number to his score.

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