THE ACCESSIBLE GAMES BOOK

Reviewed by Flo Goslin

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This user-friendly book would be of enormous assistance to those involved with groups of people with mixed abilities. The games are simple and fun, and they would suit all ages; games are included for those with auditory, visual and physical disabilities. Many of the games will encourage disability awareness for those who are not impaired. Author Katie Marl is a teacher who has spent much of her life in a wheelchair-

The book includes a very good selection of games. Each one is clearly explained with symbols indicating the level of ability required–although many of the games can be adapted to suit different needs and abilities. The group size is given–small (fewer than 10 participants), medium (10-40) or large (40 or more). Where materials are required, they are listed with the game.

The games are all meant to be enjoyed and they are a great way to learn how to share, improve listening skills, get to know others, talk about oneself and boost self-esteem and confidence. The games also encourage group cooperation, teamwork and leadership skills. They can improve physical activity/ability and mental agility. There is great scope for use of the imagination and dramatic skills.

If you need new ideas, this book is for you.

THE ACCESSIBLE GAMES BOOK by Katie Marl. Jessica Kingsley Publications, Plymouth PL6 7PY, UK (2000). ISBN 1 853028 30 4. Paperback Stg£14.95.

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