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And the winner is…

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Sebastian!!!

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We played our first board game today, Dr. Suess ABC’s, and Sebastian beat me. After a long afternoon nap (which we’ve enjoyed only twice in the past two weeks) Seb was able to play for 45 mins. When I asked him if he wanted to stop or keep playing halfway through, his choice was to keep playing.

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How did he do it? I held up the spinner for him and he reached with his left hand to move it; he spun a lot of 3’s and 4’s! I moved the game piece, counting each space, and we looked for the card with the correct letter together. I held it up for him to see and showed him the letter, reading the card and pointing to the picture which matched the words. He really enjoyed taking turns and being able to participate in the game independently as well as with my help. He was sitting on my lap at our dining table so he was able to have support and see the game pieces easily.

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It was the perfect activity for a grey afternoon. As we don’t have therapy until Thursday of this week we are doing a literacy activity every day. Stay tuned for more literacy posts.

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4 thoughts on “And the winner is…”

  1. Sounds like fun! So glad you enjoyed it. I have not seen that game before and maybe I’ll have to keep a look out for it. We play games at home, too, with Emma. We borrowed a switch adapted spinner from our local lending library and it was fun so she could roll the dice. We actually all used the switch to “roll” our dice so Emma wasn’t the only one doing it. I really loved it but couldn’t buy one – they are so expensive! – and had to send ours back. I did see online a way to make an art spin into a switch spinner. I think it was on Adapting Creatively if you are interested. Of course if he is spinning with his hands you might not need it but it’s just another idea.

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    1. Thanks Kristina. I ordered the game on Amazon.com, it was used as I think it is no longer in circulation in stores. It was a recommendation from the CWAS (communication and writing aides) team Seb is working with. The switch sounds great, I will ask out team if they have anything like that we could try out. Seb reaches with his arm and his hand pushes the spinner down, so he’s not spinning it like we would, but I like him reaching and using his arms/hands in anyway he can. I like how you all used the switch like Emma, it really makes it a part of the game. I will check out that website you mentioned too. Thank you.

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  2. Kara, This sounds like a lovely afternoon. I’d love to get this game, as our kids are loving games lately. I can’t help but think how wonderful this must be for Sebastian….after watching the trailer for that movie w/ Chris Klein and the piece on the teenage girl who could communicate for the first time with the right technology….sometimes, it’s taken years or it’s never happened….that someone understood that they could understand them, but couldn’t communicate it. Just think, Sebastian has that love, respect and understanding from others, from the most important people in his life, from the very beginning! This kid is going to rock our world!

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