This practical sourcebook is packed full of fun, low-cost games and activities that encourage the development of motor skills, coordination and sensory tolerance in young children.
Using materials that are readily-available in most households or that can be purchased or homemade at a very low cost, these games and activities are appropriate for all children, including those with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and other learning challenges. The book includes clear descriptions of how to carry out each activity, helpful illustrations, and ways to adapt activities according to the child's individual needs. In addition, a comprehensive reference guide to the activities enables easy searching for games suited to the development of particular skills. This sourcebook is the key to easy-to-understand, low-cost, and effective games and activities that will support the development of sensorimotor skills. It is a useful tool for parents, carers, therapists, and teachers of children with or without special needs.
"Lisa Kurtz shares her expertise as a pediatric occupational therapist in this treasure chest of information written for anyone working or living with children. Enjoyment is the essential motivation for a child and is a major theme throughout the book. Charts of typical development and descriptions of skills can guide the reader s observations of specific children. The abundant, clear descriptions of no cost/low cost and highly motivating activities include purpose, materials, adaptability and additional resources."--Dr Moya Kinnealey, occupational therapist and Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Lisa A. Kurtz is a pediatric occupational therapist and educator, and has worked with children with special needs for over 39 years. She currently works in public schools in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and was formerly Director of Occupational Therapy for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Children's Seashore House. For her contributions to training others about children with disabilities, Lisa has been placed on the Roster of Fellows and was awarded the Recognition of Achievement Award by the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is the author of How to Help a Clumsy Child, Visual Perception Problems in Children with AD/HD, Autism, and Other Learning Disabilities, Understanding Motor Skills in Children with Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, and Other Learning Disabilities, and Understanding Controversial Therapies for Children with Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Other Learning Disabilities
176 pages. 2014