In today’s post we discuss games that develop auditory processing skills and motor planning. Auditory processing is a huge category of listening skills that include the following: auditory memory, auditory discrimination, auditory sequencing, auditory comprehension and auditory figure ground to name a few. Motor planning is the ability to conceive a plan, figure out how to do it and then carry it out from start to finish. Learning to listen, follow directions and motor plan are a complex developmental tasks that takes place over many years and across environments. You can play games with your children that develop their ability to process and respond to auditory information and to motor plan new and unfamiliar tasks. Some great games to give as gifts this holiday season are the following:
Cranium Hullaballoo: this is a great game for teaching colors, concepts and movement. It may go too fast for some children but the adults in the room can easily adapt the game by calling out their own directions rather than leaving it to the game itself
Twister: always a classic and fun too, helps children learn colors and their left and right sides.
Diggety Dog: A great board game, that involves listening, counting, color matching, light touch and fine motor skills.
Cranium Sounds of the Seashore: A matching auditory memory game based on the sounds we hear at the sea shore.
Hasbro Whac a Mole Game: for solo to two to four player. A great game for sensory seeking kids who need to learn to listen and focus!
Consider playing free games such as Simon Says or Mother May I, and for older children, My (father/mother) runs a grocery store. A great game for long car rides. Enjoy!