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One-handed & special needs games

These game recommendations come from brain injury survivors and caregivers.  All games can be played with only one hand.  Many are untimed, allowing the player to set the pace.  Others specifically work on improving reaction time.  Difficulty levels vary.

Computer card games

Games require:

Gross motor skills, basic strategy

Games develop:

Memory, concentration, strategy and decision-making

Recommended games:

Solitaire NOTE: many versions available (Pretty Good Solitaire from ZDNet includes 300+ variations and keeps stats; free trial)
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Whist  
Craps  
Bridge  

Classic computer games

Games require:

Mainly gross motor skills, some fine motor

Games develop:

Concentration, memory, pattern-matching, motor skills, strategy and decision-making

Recommended games:

Dr. Brain series - The Time Warp of Dr. Brain Hard-to-find classics - limited quantities available in Software.
Logical Journey of the Zoombinis problem-solving & critical thinking; visual puzzle games & riddles
Sim series - SimCity, etc. Recommendation: Turn off disaster stuff
Tetris available at http://www.tetris.com   Rotate geometric shapes to fit together; works on recall as well as visual
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?  
Checkers board version also available, of course
Hangman or use paper & pencil

General computer games

Games require:

Basic muscle control

Games develop:

General cognitive skills, processing-speed, strategy and decision-making

Recommended games:

Poppit  
Sticks  
Klondike  
Blue Moon  
Landmine fairly simple, no time pressure
Angband combat consists of just clicking on the enemy - no real strategy required
Panzer General emphasizes strategy and decision-making
ThinkFast fairly difficult; works on general cognitive skills

Non-computer games

Games require:

Basic muscle control

Games develop:

Coordination, manual dexterity and fine motor skills, logic and decision-making

Recommended games:

Go Fish
Marbles  
52 Pick-up
Alphabet Toss & Play Available in Games
Tiddle Winks 
Cribbage  
Sorry
Parcheesi  
Checkers
Scrabble  
BINGO  
Hangman 2 players, requires only paper & pencil
Yahtzee other players can record scores
Pictionary  
Anagrams
Connect 4  

Almost-games

These aren't exactly games, but if you are feeling creative or want to reduce stress, give them a try.  All can be enjoyed with the use of a single hand.

Gardening  
Bubble blowing  
Paint-by-Number  
Large format & big piece puzzles  

 

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Medication management

Pill organizers

Timed pill dispensers

Pill alarms

Pill storage & taking

Medical ID jewelry

Digital timers

Watches & clocks

Home organizers

Phones & accessories

Communication aids

Attainment GoTalks

AbleNet QuickTalkers

VidaTak communication boards

Picture cards & more

Reading & writing aids

Daily living aids

Self-care & dressing

Bed & bath

Commodes

Wheeled walkers (rollators)

Drive rollators

Dolomite rollators

Trionic walkers

Special needs rollators

Bariatric equipment

Kitchen aids

Eating utensils

Leisure

Stability balls

Therapy balls

Weighted balls

Exercise DVDs

Theraband resistance bands/tubing

MediCordz

Hand exercisers

Fitness & yoga mats

Balance pads & cushions

Kids activity

Biofreeze for pain

Theraband rehab kits

Austin Air cleaners

Austin Air filters

Aromatherapy

Massage

Spa & body care

Burt's Bees

Fit & Fresh

Large format puzzles

300 big pieces - Ravensburger

500 big pieces - Ravensburger

Family + Extra Big Piece Puzzles

Children's Factory

Soft Play & Furniture

PlayPanels

Disability dolls

Gund Huggables

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