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Created On 1/22/06 11:26 PM
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elish3va
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1/22/06 11:26 PM
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Hi! So, i volunteer at an orginization called friendship circle which helps pair up a teen volunteer with a special needs child (be it autism, social anxiety, down syndrome, etc). the teen goes with a partner to their child's house once a week as well as plays with the child on weekend activities - we arent there to be therapists - just friends who can maybe give the parents a little time off or the child a chance to laugh and play.

anyways..... i'm kind of at odds as to what types of games i should be playing. i've tried coloring, painting, singing, running around, etc and the staff has their own games which are good to play but i was wondering if anyone knew of any other games which children with all types of special needs - autism in particular like to play or are good to play? i know it depends on the child, but if anyone knows of anything which can appeal to a wide variety of needs thats would be great.

i would really appreciate it if anyone did!!
thanks so much again!
 
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rina miriam
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Dear staff,
Hey! Special kids especially need activities that will stimulate their senses and especially for autistic kids-that will be interactive with the perso they're playing with.
for example:
Touch:finger painting, playing with shaving cream (making sure kid dosen't eat it!), making cookies-if necessary help him\her push down on cookie cutters-let them feel and manipulate the dough.
Interactionary games:blow bubbles for a minute then stop and wait for child to "request" more bubbles-allow him to catch\pop them, peek a boo with a piece of cloth, playin with a ball.
spacial games: slides, swings, two ppl. holding him in a blanket and swinging him.

Cause and effect toys.

books,puppets,music tapes, toy keyboards.

I hope this is a good start for you.
There are many more examples of games if you want.
If you want more details about an activity feel free to ask!

Good luck and yashar koach!
 
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alwaysbehappy
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3/19/06 9:08 PM
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Hi! As a teacher for autistic kids I hope to give u some good ideas. What u can do are:
Sensory -play doh, theraputty-cutting and pulling. shaving cream, finding something in a bowl of beans or rice...
Art-coloring, dot art,cutting, tracing, watercolor paining...
Books- reading books or finding pictures on a page, having the kid turn the page...
cognition-matching, identifying, sorting,classifieng by food, colors, animals...
gross motor-simple simon, ball-throwing and kicking...
taking to the park and playing tag....

I hope u get some ideas. If u need more u can let me know!
 
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meira
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12/3/06 9:48 AM
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Do you know if something like this is available in the Monsey area? We could really use something like this as parents. If it is not available, do you know how we could start it?


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alwaysbehappy
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Meira-does your child get any sevices after school hours? He/she should be eligable for a lot of after school therapy-recreation, music, res hab, behavior...
 
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