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Barbara Sher

Barbara Sher

Barbara Sher is the author of 11 books on playing games. Her latest books, Everyday Games for Sensory Processing DisorderEarly Intervention and The Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor and Sensory Games emphasize playful activities to do with siblings at home and in inclusive classroom using recycled materials. Check out online bookstores or www.gameslady.com for details and to hear Playful Parent podcasts

Understanding the Gifts of Autism Can Be Wonderful for Us All

Understanding the Gifts of Autism Can Be Wonderful for Us All https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/understanding-gifts-of-autism

I have been working almost exclusively with children on the spectrum for the last 14 years of my 40-year career as a pediatric occupational therapist.  Part of my job is to help identify which children fit the criteria of someone with autism. Although no two children are alike, and children with autism are no exception, […]

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15 Easy Tricks to Make Everyday More Playful

Play is crucial for young children. It helps them learn how to work their brains and move their bodies, expands their social skills, promotes problem solving and the ability to focus, and, best of all, helps them feel happy with themselves. We’re seeing now what happens when children don’t have time to play. In the […]

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The Broomstick Game: A Simple Way to Stimulate Your Child’s Proprioceptive System

The Broomstick Game

Working as a pediatric occupational therapist for 45 years and almost exclusively with children on the spectrum for the last 20 years, I’ve learned an important fact: children on the spectrum like deep touch. This isn’t news and it’s why parents hear about the benefits of a child wearing a tight vest, playing squishy games […]

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