It has been quite a while since I’ve posted about a board game, so to kick off the new school year (in Michigan, ours starts *after* Labor Day), I’m going to start with a review/preview post.
In this series, I’m covering a number of board games that I’ve used in my schools to keep students engaged in speech therapy. Some have relatively clear connections to the discipline, and others are less clearly connected. In each post, I discuss:
Variants/Expansions: If the game has a variant version (like a “Junior” or “Kids” version) or any expansions, these are listed here.
General Overview: A discussion of the game’s theme, mechanics, and play.
Skill Support: A list of speech and language skills (or related skills) the game can be used to support.
Strengths: Areas in which the game is effective in therapy with no changes to the rules or mechanics.
Challenges: Challenges that exist to using the game, with no changes to rules or mechanics, in therapy.
Accommodations/Modifications: Ways to modify the game rules and mechanics to make the game more conducive to speech therapy.
Alternate Uses: Ways to use the game’s components as speech therapy materials outside the game’s rules and mechanics entirely.
A list of games that have been review thus far (along with some updates since the initial post was made) follows:
5. Get Bit! - If you don’t already own this game, a deluxe version of it is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter. It features colorful stickers (including pirates) for more fun and engagement with the younger kids.
Games to be reviewed in the future include: Apples to Apples Dice Game (as mentioned above), In A Pickle, Once Upon A Time, Pictionary: The Card Game, Pictureka: The Card Game, Scattergories: The Card Game, Snake Oil, TellTale, Word on the Street, and many others. If there’s a particular game you’d like to see sooner rather than later (like, say, if you’ve got a materials budget burning a hole in your pocket), especially if you don’t see it on this list, let me know in a comment and I’ll see what I can do