Welcome to Day 3 of Multisensory Homeschooling for Children with Special Needs! If you missed yesterday’s post, you can find it here.
Today’s multisensory technique for homeschooling a child with special needs is the use of board and card games.
Day 3 – Board and Card Games
Since I began working with my struggling learner, I have realized how much learning happens just playing games, whether they’re board games, card games, or puzzles! My daughter understood the concept of addition and subtraction (finally!) after playing several games of Sorry! with us over a holiday break a couple of years ago. I was showing her how to count backward and forward on the number line to add and subtract, and she said, “It’s just like that game we played!”
Playing board and card games and working puzzles can help your child with special needs work on math concepts, memory, classifying, visual/perceptual and visual processing issues, listening comprehension, motor planning, fine motor skills, social skills, critical thinking skills, expressive language skills, and more.
If you’re feeling burned out in your homeschool, try adding some games to the mix. It might be just what you need to work on your academic goals and provide some much-needed fun!
Here are some of our favorite games:
- Stare! Junior
- Guess Who?
- Cranium Zooreka
- Kerplunk (We have the Toy Story 3 one, but there are different versions.)
- CandyLand (My Princess loves the Disney Princess version!)
- Bop It! – There are a few different versions of this too. It was an accomplishment when my daughter got five in a row!
They’re not exactly games, but working puzzles is another great way to work on skills your child needs. My daughter was ecstatic when she was able to put together a 24-piece jigsaw puzzle by herself! We work on larger puzzles with smaller pieces together, and we enjoy the challenge. Try puzzles with your child too!
Does your family already have favorite games that aren’t on this list? Look at them through the eyes of an educator or therapist. I’m sure you’ll find value that goes well beyond family fun. Get the games out and start playing!
What games does your family enjoy? In which ones do you see additional support for your child with special needs?
Other posts in this series:
- Day 1 – Reference Cards
- Day 2 – Educational Apps and Software
- Day 4 – Therapy Apps
- Day 5 – Books and Programs
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