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I have always loved board games and use them regularly in sessions and in my personal life. At home, board games provide an opportunity for everyone to get off their devices, sit together and make new memories. In sessions, I use board games to engage kids and teens, and voila, therapy isn't as scary for them. We are still talking and working on the same issues, but there is something about getting on the floor with a child and stepping into their world. On top of building engagement, board games help children use problem solving skills. Each game helps kids practice critical thinking and impulse control, some even have the added bonus of practicing math.
I invite you during this pandemic to get on the floor with your children and step into their world. Play with them! Play can be way more than just a past time, it can be the avenue that opens up conversations, repairs/mends relationships and of course, builds new memories.
Dr. Shayna's top 5 games during quarantine
All 5 of these games help kids (...and adults) to improve think outside of the box (cognitive flexibility) and wait their turn, stop and think what their next move will be (impulse control). Trust me, invest in these games to make new memories with your family, keep them busy during this quarantine and support your child's problem solving skills.
What other games do you and your family play together?