A humorous and educational look at speech pathology.

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:

1. Apples to Apples – I have gotten a copy of Apples to Apples Dice, and will be writing a separate post for it.

2. Rory’s Story Cubes – The next set, Voyages, isn’t out in the US yet, but the UK version has been released.

3. Backseat Drawing

4. Dixit – Dixit: Journey is now out, but it sadly lacks tiny wooden rabbits.

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.

6. The Storybook Game

7. Hedbanz

8. Uno

9. The Chain Game

10. Origins 2012 Round-Up

11. Telestrations

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 GamePictureka: 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 😉

-John

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Comments on: "Board Games and Speech Therapy: Reboot" (1)

  1. You should try Anomia. It’s a great language game. If the symbol on your card matches one on another player’s card, you must quickly face-off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on their card before they can do the same for yours.

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