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Games Lady


Barbara teaches a wide variety of workshops based on her popular publications. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact us. CV Available.


The Power of Play A Toe Stepping game.
Sensory integration at it's fun--est. Integrating proprioception, tactile, visual and auditory squeals!


How "Sensory Moments" can Stimulate Motor, Social, Language and Cognitive Skills

When children are "playfully engaged", brain scans have shown there are immediate new connections made in the brain.

Every experience we have alerts the sensory systems and this information is relayed to the brain...and the brain expands.

In this course, parents, teachers, and other professionals will learn many many games by playing the diversity of games themselves. Each game joyfully alerts one or more of the senses. For example: jumpy movements are added to a game for learning colors and silly sounds make a pre-language game fun for all children. Each game can be modified for different abilities.

These games use easily found materials and participants go home empowered with their own creative game or toy made from recycled materials.

Power of Play Workshop


  1. To learn about the basic development of the brain and the effect the sensory system has on development.
  2. To understand that movement and touch experiences are essential ingredients in learning and how to incorporate the enriching effect of "sensory moments" in a child's daily life.
  3. To recognize characteristics of tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, visual, and auditory dysfunction.
  4. To participate in playing a large variety of fun games and "song games" that are designed to engage various sensory systems. Aspects of each game enhance motor, social, language and cognitive skills so the needs of the whole child are addressed.
  5. To review aspects of sensory integration, floortime and pivotal response training and other evidence based practices to understand how they are embedded into the games
  6. To see the ways different disciplines can incorporate “sensory moment” games into their practice for a collaborative team approach.
  7. To learn inclusive games that are specifically designed for children with different skill levels and special needs (blind/deaf, deaf, autistic, non-ambulatory, sensory processing differences)
  8. To have participants leave the workshop feeling empowered to create own ideas by making games or toys out of recycled materials for the home, classroom or clinic.


Go Into the Empty Spaces

In a large space, each child is paired with a partner. One child is the "car' and the other is the "driver". The "driver" stands behind the "car" and at a signal, "drives" the car by gently walking the partner forward. There are cones or other obstacles to walk around and in between. There is no path so drivers are free to go in different patterns. The drivers are encouraged to walk into the empty spaces (!) and "breaking" and "honking" when needed.

How slowly or how fast the drivers can be set or progressively vary within the same session.

Sensory systems being engaged/Lessons being learned:

How can the child with Special Needs fit into this game?

"Barbara Sher's workshop, "Power of Play" is a total full body immersion of fun and discovery. You won't just learn about child developmental stages – you will become a child and learn what it is to grow and play. And learn you will – by doing! Picture a room full of adults sitting on the floor making games out of household items. Picture dozens of paper balls flying in the air, through the air and above the crowd. Now, picture yourself having the time of your life and learning what it is to be a child again. How does it feel? Joyous and delightful!"
-- Mary Halvorson, Family Education Coordinator Swindells Center/Providence Child Center - Portland Oregon

A clock game from newspapers and string
A clock game from newspapers and string


Games and learning toys that use recyclable and throwaways material are taught to enhance play, sensory integration, motor skills and academic awareness.

Participants learn how to use their own throwaways or found-in-nature materials to make toys and games that meet children's developmental needs starting with infancy.

They also play games that reinforce the 17 motor skills needed for good coordination and learn original inter-active songs to enhance circle time


  1. To learn about the foundation skills that make up gross and fine motor development.
  2. To play a large variety of games that encourage these skills
  3. To gain the ability to make games and activities that are tailored to your child or children.

"We were delighted to attend a workshop run by Barbara Sher on the theme of play with recyclables. The session proved informative, totally participative and moreover great fun--all the ingredients for a good learning experience"
--Margaret Webb, Executive Director, Play Right, Chai Wan

Two ropes make jumping twice as much fun Even 2X4s can be turned into a game
Child crosses the “bridge”
Child crosses the "bridge" (2X4 balance beam) to go to the "store" and get "something white" ( children with different skills may be asked to get "something that is oval" or "two things that make a sound"


Inclusive games for children of differing skill levels or ages to play together that promote cognitive/academic skills.

Workshop participants learn how to modify games so that all children can play together and promote feelings of belonging for differently able children.


  1. To learn the difficulties and preferences children have at the sensory level.
  2. To learn what kind of games enriches the motor, sensory, cognitive, social and language skills.
  3. To understand how to modify activities to accommodate the needs of different children
  4. To learn the ways to use movement to teach academic skills

"Group leadership skills displayed by Barbara were exceptional and her books provide a lasting resource. The world struggling to achieve normalization for all, needs Barbara's skills; her teaching ability and sensitive personality, make her
able to deliver quality education to a diverse population regardless of geographical location"
--Jan Pessione, New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist, Central Otago Health Board, New Zealand

Jumping to Shapes
Child on the spectrum gets his turn to jump on the newspapers shapes



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