When selected a board game for a child with disabilities, consider the child's ability level rather than his or her age. LD Online explains that children with disabilities may have difficulty playing board games; however, with practice most can learn to play basic board games. Initially, teachers should focus on teaching children to take turns and to follow games rules without concern about winning or losing the game.
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Children with special needs may enjoy Chutes and Ladders. This game helps teach children to count to 100 while also teaching about good and poor behaviour choices. Children with reading disabilities may need an adult to help read instructions during the game. Children can learn about colours while playing Candy Land. Younger children with mild disabilities or older children with moderate disabilities will enjoy playing this game. Other classic games that may be suitable for children with disabilities include Boggle, Jr., Scrabble, junior, Connect 4 and Trouble.
Special Needs Games
Some companies design board games especially for children with disabilities. For example, eNasco offers the Social Skills Board Games Set for children with autism and The Impulse Control Game for children with ADHD. Also, they offer other games that teach life skills for children with disabilities such as The Grocery Store Game and Budget Town. In addition, eNasco offers games such as Escape from Anger Island to help children with special needs learn to manage their emotions and Friendship Island to teach children how to make and keep friends.
Nasco - Fort Atkinson
901 Janesville Avenue
P.O. Box 901
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901
Children with visual disabilities may need a modified game that utilises Braille. Teachers and caregivers can purchase Braille versions of Monopoly and Scrabble for those students with visual impairments. Purchase Braille and large print games at retailers such as Independent Living Aids.
Independent Living Aids, LLC
200 Robbins Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
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