AJ is going to Occupational Therapy for Sensory Processing Disorder and it’s been life-changing for all of us. Today, I want to tell you about an amazing website called Fun and Function, Where Special Needs is Cool (Affordable too!) and a great social-emotional game called Guess How I Feel. Both have helped us in our journey with SPD and would be equally great for all kids and very helpful to kids on the autism spectrum.
The owner, Aviva Weiss, is a pediatric occupational therapist and mom with five children. She is a God-send for parents like me who are just learning about how to best help their children.
To get me started, Aviva sent me the Guess How I Feel? game – it’s not just for special needs, it’s for every child. But, for AJ, it’s important. Because, she doesn’t really “get” the emotional piece, especially with others.
Last week, she told her good friend that she didn’t like her new glasses, that she looked better without them! I’m still trying to convince her that absolute honesty can hurt people’s feelings. Feelings are something she really needs to work on!
Guess How I Feel? includes 16 magnetic facial expressions, 50 photographic situation cards, 1 guess bag with 20 color bands, 4 pads and pencils, 1 minute timer, a dry erase magnetic mirror and 4 dry erase markers.
Each player gets a pad and pencil. The first player picks a situation card and shows it.Then, he or she draws his or her reaction on the magnetic mirror using the markers and or magentic facial expressions. The other players guess what the reaction will be using their pad of paper.
The first player shares the emotion ad the others show what they guessed. The players who guessed correctly earn a prize from the guess bag — which my kids LOVED.
We played this feelings game (both girls and I) for quite some time — as you can see from my own pad of paper above. This is a keeper for us – and one which we’ll play again and again. It’s always nice to find a fun game that teaches something, too!
Want to win a game? Aviva from Fun and Function is generously offering an Imagination Soup reader a game of their own. Comment below by April 2, 2011 if you want to win this game. Winner will be chosen at random.
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