Board Games Enhance Cognitive Development
Did you know that simply playing a game of checkers with your child will challenge and develop their working memory, attention, and problem-solving skills? A game of Chutes and Ladders will target their counting and early number skills, one to one correspondence and turn taking. A favorite in my family, “Go Fish”, enhances visual discrimination skills and auditory processing. The benefits of card and board games in child development are endless. As a speech language pathologist, I often recommend and use games in my therapy sessions to target a variety of developmental skills. Like most pediatric therapists, leafing through toy catalogs for the latest and greatest is a favorite pastime.
Several years ago, I happened upon the board game company Peaceable Kingdom. Unlike most traditional board games, Peaceable Kingdom games are designed to be collaborative, with all players working together for the win. While there is nothing wrong with good old-fashioned competition, Peaceable Kingdom games removed the competition element and replaced it with a unique opportunity to develop teamwork. So many of the children on my caseload had difficulty with social problem-solving skills and I am always looking for new ways to target these skills. Collaborative games generate opportunities to teach children how to work together to achieve a goal, as part of team; an opportunity that is not easily replicated. I’m a huge fan. I’ve listed my favorites below.
If you have concerns about your child’s development please don’t hesitate to reach out to TherapyWorks. Our team of pediatric speech, occupational, physical therapists and social workers would be happy to answer your questions and provide you with recommendations.