Adapting a Motivating Game for Mixed Speech Groups

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Want to learn about how I easily adapt a game so that it becomes an activity for mixed speech and language therapy groups?

Working with mixed speech groups can be a challenge, but this post details how you can adapt a motivating game for your lessons in these groups! Click through to read how I make this work in my speech therapy room.

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.)

Working with mixed speech groups can be a challenge, but this post details how you can adapt a motivating game for your lessons in these groups! Click through to read how I make this work in my speech therapy room.

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!

Working with mixed speech groups can be a challenge, but this post details how you can adapt a motivating game for your lessons in these groups! Click through to read how I make this work in my speech therapy room.

What are some goals you can address and make keys for?

  • Articulation
  • Vocabulary
  • 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:

Working with mixed speech groups can be a challenge, but this post details how you can adapt a motivating game for your lessons in these groups! Click through to read how I make this work in my speech therapy room.

Working with mixed speech groups can be a challenge, but this post details how you can adapt a motivating game for your lessons in these groups! Click through to read how I make this work in my speech therapy room.

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!

 

If you are looking for more ways to make speech fun and engaging for your mixed groups, then you should check out SLP Elevate. SLP Elevate is the first membership designed specifically for older students in grades 4+.

 

Wondering what is included?

💜Monthly high-interest thematic bundles that contain fiction and nonfiction articles and supplemental materials to target the various speech and language goals common for our older speech students. Previous themes have been Lego, Social Media, and Anime just to name a few!
💜Baseline tools to help you determine what goals to work on and how your students are progressing.
💜Digital Data Tool so you can easily collect data in groups, monitor progress, and see how your students are doing.
💜Interest finder so you can determine what your students are into (great for icebreakers for back to school)
💜Caseload tracker to stay organized.
💜An exclusive Facebook community so you don’t feel alone.
💜Bonus resources and training.
And more!
Check it out at www.slpelevate.com

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!