Fun, games, and therapy

. March 21, 2013.

Board games have long been known as "smart" fun — old-school recreation that teaches kids valuable social skills, too. Local therapist Jennifer Dubow wanted to capitalize on that idea with the creation of a new board game, Stress Quest, which teaches children ages 5  to 11 helpful skills to reduce anxiety. Stress Quest is intended as a tool for therapists and counselors to combat growing levels of worry among children, which can affect their ability to function academically and socially — symptoms can manifest themselves in the form of stomach aches, headaches, nail biting or excessive crying. Dubow teamed with local artist Paula Ashley to create the game's look, with the hopes that area intervention specialists can help students absorb important coping skills. For more information, call 419-699-3659 or visit