ERIC Number: ED312871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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Toys and Games That Teach: Making the Most of Leisure Time.
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne
Special Parent/Special Child, v5 n4 Jul-Aug 1989
This newsletter issue focuses on toys, games, and activities that entertain special needs children and sharpen their ability to think, speak, and play with others. Play is beneficial to special children as it develops their creativity, helps them explore their environment, allows them to socialize, and provides opportunities for them to act out stressful situations. Such toys as balls, board games, magnetic letters and numbers, and dominos are recommended as inexpensive items that can enhance learning. Parents are encouraged to check the suitability of toys for their child's developmental level, to choose activities the child can be successful doing, and to remember that play should be fun. An article by Karen Meyer, "Fostering Your Child's Communication through Play," describes how special needs children can communicate their ideas and feelings through relaxed play. The article presents a chart of toys, games, and activities for playing alone and playing with others, at various age levels. An article by Leah Spring, "Learning Can Be Fun with Computers," outlines the value of computers as learning tools and notes possible computer adaptations to suit the needs of individuals with disabilities. The newsletter concludes with a column by George Popper titled "What is Play Therapy?" (JDD)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Disabilities, Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education, Games, Leisure Time, Parenting Skills, Play, Preschool Education, Skill Development, Toys
Lindell Press, Inc., P.O. Box 462, South Salem, NY 10590 ($18.00 per year, $3.50 per issue).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
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