About our Special Needs Puzzle Packs
The pack that you purchase will focus on a wide range of skills and you will be able to play many as a family activity. Of course, all children are different and each child will have their favourite amongst the games. As a parent, we hope that you will encourage them to persevere and conquer the challenges, improving their self-confidence as they progress.
We hope that this set of puzzles and games will be a valuable resource for your whole family, and that they give you many years of pleasure.
Why have we created these puzzle packs?
Over the last few years, thousands of parents have called us asking for advice, help and support. What we can offer you is a positive way of helping to improve your child’s skills at home. As you join in and monitor your child’s progress, you will be able to share experiences, focus on specific areas, offer encouragement and share successes.
If your child is dyspraxic or dyslexic, then as a parent you want to be able to do as much as possible to help. These puzzles and games will give you the opportunity to help your child through individual and family play.
It is important to remember that the resources in this pack will not provide a ‘magic solution’. By playing with the puzzles and games, your child will not suddenly stop being dyspraxic or dyslexic. What the resources will do, is to allow your child to focus on certain types of skills, such as sequencing, hand-eye co-ordination, visual perception and so on. Through success with these puzzles will come confidence and self belief.
Making The Best Use Of These Resources
Perhaps the most important feature of these puzzles and games is that they are ‘mainstream’. This means that they have not been designed specifically to help children with dyspraxia or dyslexia – they will appeal to everyone, but they have hidden qualities that will help to improve your children’s skills. This means that you can play together, in twos, threes, as a whole family or however you wish.
Don’t feel that you have to encourage your child to use all of the games in one go! Use your instincts and pick the ones that you feel will appeal most at a particular point in time. Don’t overload the situation – you may want to put some of the games away for birthdays and special occasions. Let your child’s teachers know how you are helping at home, and perhaps see if they notice any improvements.
Every child will be different and will respond in different ways to different resources. Go with the flow, follow your instincts and remember that, at worst, your child will have fun playing with these puzzles and games. Don’t expect to see immediate results. Improvements in your child’s skills will come as a result of a whole support package, at home, at school, through relevant therapies and beyond.
As they get older, children with a specific learning difficulty will often become more aware that there is something causing them to find difficulty with certain types of tasks. Instinctively, they may sometimes put up metaphorical barriers when they perceive that their ability to complete a task is potentially going to be affected by the difficulty. It’s a psychological defense mechanism.
Because these puzzles and games represent ‘learning through play’ many of those barriers will start to come down and the fear of failure will disappear, allowing the child to perform to the best of his or her ability.
Many of these games are ‘graded’ which means that they will start off at an easier level and steadily become more difficult. This allows each child to find their own level of difficulty and progress from that point. Often, these types of games will require the player to spend a relatively short amount of time on a task before feeling that they have achieved something significant. Keeping a record of that achievement will not only help to build confidence, but it will also provide you with a record of what stage of the game has been reached.
Overall, what these packs represent, are an opportunity for you to do something positive at home, that could really help to improve their skills.