Smart Heart ® is a board game developed by a team of psychologists in Cape Town to encourage emotional expression in children. When you open the box, they care and effort that went into designing and producing this board game is clearly visible.
This will be such a great addition to our home board game collection - our son cannot resist the challenge of any board game. Normally, when the screen time get to much and we want to distract him, a board game is the perfect alternative.
The Smart Heart ® interactive game uses picture and word cards that assist children in identifying & communicating their feelings. This way it facilitates and fosters mental and emotional health, while encouraging children to think for themselves and create solutions to their problems.
How to Play:
- Talk-Talk cards: answering questions, e.g. What do you like about your school?
- Or: A girl is playing by herself at break time. How could you include her in your game?
- I feel…when… cards: talking about a time when they felt the same feeling that is represented on the card, e.g. I feel embarrassed (or important, or tired etc.) when…
- Pic-Tales: describing or telling a story about the picture on the card, e.g. a picture of a baby’s pram with a bottle, dummy etc., or a cat staring into a mirror and seeing a lion in the reflection.
- It is important to note that there is no right or wrong answer, only the experience as perceived by the person answering.
- About Visual Schedules
A visual support refers to using a picture or other visual item to communicate with a child who has difficulty understanding or using language. Visual supports can be photographs, drawings, objects, written words, or lists.
Visual supports are used with children who are on the autism spectrum for two main reasons:
They help parents communicate better with their child
Children in the spectrum may not understand social cues as they interact with others in daily activities. They may not grasp social expectations, like how to start a conversation, how to respond when
others make social approaches, or how to change behavior based on unspoken social rules. Visual supports can help teach social skills a d children with ASD can use them on their own in social situations.
They help their child communicate better with others
Secondly, children with ASD often find it difficult to understand and follow spoken instructions. They may not be able to express well what they want or need. Visuals can help parents communicate what they expect. This decreases frustration and may help decrease problem behaviors that result from difficulty communicating.
Finally, some children with ASD become anxious when their routines change or they are in unfamiliar situations. Visuals can help them understand what to expect and will happen next and also reduce anxiety. Visuals can help them pay attention to important details and help them cope with change.