Want to learn about how I easily adapt a game so that it becomes an activity for mixed speech and language therapy groups?
Have you heard of the game, Suspect by Melissa and Doug? It is such a fun game! Students get to spin a spinner to determine which color piece they can hang. The object of the game is to use all your pieces first. The trick is that you cannot drop pieces while it is your turn, otherwise you have to take those pieces as your own, which makes it harder to win! This game is interactive, challenging, and requires strategy as well as a steady hand! It is a perfect game for groups of 2 or 4 since the game comes with 4 of every color. If I have an uneven amount of students, I have done teams to be fair. (Disclaimer: this post contains an Amazon Affiliate link.)
Are you wondering how I target a goal with this game!?
Yes, this game can be used as reinforcement or reward at the end of a therapy session. But you can also use it as part of your therapy session! You can easily make a “key” so that when students spin the spinner, whatever color they land, they have to complete a task before they are granted their turn. You can make a key for ANY speech goal! I just used an index cards and markers or flair pens!
What are some goals you can address and make keys for?
- WH questions
- Story recall
- Social skills
- Noun/verb tenses
- Fluency strategies practice
- And so much more!
So how can you use this idea with mixed speech groups?
You can give each student their own key to follow! Who says each student has to use the same one? You can hold the keys until it is that student’s turn or you can give each student their own to hold (all depends on their abilities to focus and behave). It is a great way to show your students within mixed groups that they are all here for different reasons and what reason in particular they are there for. It makes it easy for you to collect data on their individual goals. Below are some samples of keys I made:
Want to check out this game for yourself?
Below is a link to check it out on Amazon! I highly recommend this game! It makes learning fun, interactive, and motivating!
Want to learn more about my favorite games to use in speech? CLICK HERE to check out my blog post about my favorite games to use with older speech students!
Want more ideas for mixed speech groups? CLICK HERE to check out a blog post about making mixed groups easy!