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Board Games Recommended by MOSAIC’s Speech Therapists

by on December 6, 2016

Game Recommendations for Speech Therapy:

*trade secret, speech therapists NEVER follow the rules in board games.  You can modify almost any game to include a speech or language target, or teach to a variety of language levels.

Hedbanz

At a basic level, Hedbanz provides a wide variety of vocabulary cards.  You can increase vocabulary by working on labeling or sort cards in to different categories such as foods or animals.  Children can place the card on their head and work on guessing when given a description OR can give a description of the card on their opponents head.  As language levels increase, you may choose to play the game as the rules describe by working on deductive reasoning.  The child has to ask questions to determine what picture is on their head.

I Can Do That!

I Can Do That is a great game for preschoolers.  It targets motor skills and receptive language skills.  You can work on a variety of spatial concepts using the “trick-a-ma-stick” including over, under, around etc. You can modify the cards and work on 1, 2 or 3 step directions. To increase the challenge, you can also use items around your house.  Instead of crawling under the trick-a-ma-stick have your child crawl under the table.

Guess Where?

guess-where-game

This game is intended for use with children ages 6 and up. Similar to Guess Who and Hedbanz, it helps children develop deductive reasoning. However, this game can be modified to accommodate children younger than 6. A modification I frequently employ is instruct children to simply ask “Where is the dog?” or “where is the cat?” I have found this can help reinforce the idea that “where” questions ask about places. I have also found that this game can also help encourage the development of theory of mind. For instance, if my grandmother piece is in the kitchen, yours might not be. If I can’t see your house, I can’t know where you put your family members. I use vocabulary such as “I am thinking…” or “I am wondering….” to help encourage the development of theory of mind.


Written by the Speech Therapy Team at MOSAIC Children’s Therapy Clinic-Seattle. mosaicrehab.com/seattle

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