Collaborative Board Games for the Win!

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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. 

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Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

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