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Learning Through Games at Home
Is your child just beginning to use symbols (late sensorimotor and early preoperational stage of cognitive development)? Use these SAM games to help develop a strong sensory foundation for concepts about people, objects, actions, and places so that symbols referring to them are meaningful. Below is a list of games, broken into four levels of increasing complexity, that you can play with items found around the home. Parents and older siblings make great game partners so the whole family can play!
SAM: Symbols and Meaning
Level 1: Own body
Body Buzz: Using body part words
Whoopee Clothes: Using body position words (left/right, front/back)
Finger Tag: Using finger name words
Level 2: People, objects, actions touching the body
Hot Potato: Using people words
Slap: Using object words
Simon Says: Using action words
Yours and Mine: Using object words to name similar objects
Do It Again: Combining object and action words
Go Fish: Using object words to label associated objects
Level 3: People, objects, actions touching the body
What Do: Using Sound bridges to understand action sequences
Sounds Like: Using sound and word bridges to understand actions performed by other people beyond the body
Mystery Voice: Using sound and other object symbol bridges to label people
Scavenger Hunt: Using sound bridges to understand people, objects, actions, and places beyond the body.
Level 4: People-objects-action-place relationships in events beyond the body
Bag Stories: Using objects and words to tell experience stories
Box Stories: Using objects and word to tell time-sequenced experience stories
Clue: Using words to label places
For more resources please check out our #AtHomeWithAPH resource list for free and accessible activities, tips, webinars, and more from APH, our partners, and the field at large. Have a free and accessible resource you would like us to include? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about it!
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