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 4, 2016

Blind Spell

Work on stereognosis, in-hand manipulation, bilateral integration, sensory processing, tactile perception, spatial relations, executive functions, social interaction, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the box: 1 pair of plastic glasses, 1 timer, 42 cardboard letters, wipe off dry erase board, dry erase marker
Blind Spell challenges you to identify letters and spell words by touch. To play Blind Spell, ask a player to put on the glasses to block his vision. Scatter letters in front of him on the table top. Write a letter on the white board and then tell him the word. Ask him to feel the letters individually and find the letters, in order, to spell the word. Start with only the letters for the word and add in more letters when the player is ready for a more challenging game.
The box says there are word lists but I bought it second-hand and did not get the word lists. There are also no pictures of the lists anywhere on the box or in the instructions. However, it would be easy enough to choose your own words or use the player's spelling word list once he feels prepared to spell the words. The timer is not loud but you can hear it ticking.

Try this:
  • Forget about spelling, just have the individual feel a letter and identify it.
  • Look at a letter before putting on the glasses. Talk about the characteristics of the letter as you feel it. Ask the individual to put on the glasses. Put that letter in his hand and ask him to feel it and describe what he is feeling, like you just did with vision. Now put that letter and another letter on the table in front of the individual and ask the individual to feel the letters, without vision, and pick the one you studied.
  • Put three of four letters in front of the individual and ask him to make several words from them.
  • Ask the individual to put on the glasses. Place several letters in the sequence of a word in front of him. Ask him to feel each letter and determine the word.
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