Miss Speechie’s Top 10 Therapy Must-Haves (in no particular order):
4. Memory: There are TONS of versions of this game. But so many ways to use it!! You can use it for categories, teaching same/different, describing, answering wh- questions, the list can go on for days!!!
5. 20 Questions: This cheap electronic game you can find in any toy store or even supermarket. I often use this with my articulation groups and make them chose their “item” that has their target sound in it. My students love it when they beat the “computer”.
6. Apples to Apples: LOVE THIS GAME!!! I use this game to teach parts of speech, red apples are nouns, green apples are adjectives. I like to play as well and throw completely wrong things in the mix to see if they understand the vocabulary (if they giggle, I know they got it!).
7. Zingo: A similar game to BINGO but it has a fun card calling piece. I’ve used it to address vocabulary as well as utterance expansion. I’ve given my students visuals for “I have it” “I do not have it” and “No one has it.”
8. Guess Who: Yes, you are probably thinking I use it for answering “who” questions, but my older higher functioning students enjoy using it for working on inferencing skills.
9. Taboo Jr.: This game is great for working with students with word finding difficulties. Forces them to think of other ways to describe common objects. I have also used this game with my fluency kids since it gives them an opportunity to work on their strategies during a “stressful” situation.
10. BopIt: This one is the fan favorite in my therapy room. What a great way to work on listening strategies and following directions. Students know they all must keep quiet so the student taking his/her turn can concentrate. They know they have to repeat the directive in their head to help them remember. We play on the “pass it” setting to make it fun and exciting!