As I am getting prepared for the return to school, I wanted to share more of my office aka The Speech Place. A few years ago the faculty senate purchased me a cabinet to hold more of my supplies since I was running out of room in my little room. I will walk you through the items I have in my cabinet shelf by shelf and share what I use most often in therapy.
Here is the first shelf in my cabinet. It contains a variety of games. Some intended for speech therapy and some that I adapted for the use in therapy. Starting on the left:
- Trouble– I use this for reinforcement for correct answers.
- Guess Who – I use this game to work on asking yes/no questions and describing the characters features.
- Learning Manners – This game is great for students working on social manner goals. It is also great for turn taking lessons as well. The game includes a CD and book that go along with the game. This is one of my favorites.
- Learning Listening – This is another Playskool game that comes with a CD and book to reinforce the lesson. If you find these you should pick them up.
- Bubble Talk – My students love playing this game. It is similar to Apples to Apples Jr. but instead of nouns and adjectives the students match captions to pictures. It is a fun way to work on inferencing, expressive language, articulation, and fluency skills. The room is always filled with laughter when we play this game.
- First 100 Words books – I “borrowed” these from my daughter once she outgrew them. They have great pictures of real objects divided into categories.
- Rainbow Fish Memory Game – companion for the books
- Parts of Speech BINGO – I don’t use this game because it is too difficult for my students.
- Get The Picture – This game targets Main Idea by answering questions from a paragraph to earn pieces of the picture. I don’t use this game very often because it takes a while to play.
- Snap Judgment – I don’t use this game because the rules are complicated. It does have nice cards so I need to find a use for them.
- Sort It Out – Te object of this game is to find what the listed things have in common. It is also difficult for my students but would be better for higher level students.
- Board puzzle – reinforcement.
- Mad Lib books – I love using Mad Lib books for targeting grammar.
- Respond – This is a game of fast thinking. I don’t use this game either since it is too difficult for my students.
- Sentence Cube Game – This game is fun to build sentences in a Scrabble format. Make sure you have plenty of space to play this game, it can take up lots of space.
- Tribond Jr. – Another game where you find the common bond between three objects. Even though this is the jr. version it is still difficult for my 4th and 5th graders.
- Marathon – This game has three levels of play so it is great for mixed groups. The questions work on grammar, vocabulary, social studies, and science. It was an unexpected find many years ago and my students really enjoy playing it.
- Clicheables – This game is to help students understand meanings of everyday sayings. It is too difficult for my students as well so I don’t play it.
- Wordopoly – The goal of this game is to expand understanding of vocabulary. It is difficult to play and takes a long time which we usually don’t have in a session.
- Sounds in my Word – This is an old game that I found in a former speech room. It is great for listening comprehension at the beginning levels. The students listen to different sounds on a tape and have to circle the correct picture in a field of 2.
Shelf 2 is filled with more games.
- Four Sequence Cards – I use these for sequencing and story telling. It helps children build their expressive language. I use them also for writing sentences.
- Help 1 &2 game – This game has four different levels and targets topics from the Help books 1 & 2. They are great to use when there is a few minutes left in a session for a quick review.
- Lakeshore games – Fishing for Clues (context clues), Riddle of the Sphinx (figurative language), Bike Racers (reading comprehension), and Soccer Scramble (correct the sentence). I love Lakeshore products! These games provide great practice for 2 players with self-check cards. Everything comes ready to use with no laminating or punching out. These are very versatile for groups. A must have for therapy!
- Outburst Jr. – This is a fun game for categories. It has two different levels. I use this game frequently.
- What do you do, What do you say at School? – during this game students practice different social scenarios all around the school. It is fun and keeps the student’s attention.
- Secret Square – This is an all time favorite but sadly it is no longer in print. It has many versatile uses with bright pictures. I often use it for describing and receptive language practice.
- Guess Where? – This game is a follow-up to Guess Who?. I use this game for yes/no questions. The house is good for categories and labeling. This game is good for following directions as well. It is hard to find but worth it.
- Word Burst/Artic Burst – Students are limited to a minute to guess as many things as they can from a clue given by the other player. It can be used to target vocabulary and different articulation sounds.
- Back Seat Drawing – This game is fun for following directions and expressive language. The students sit back to back and describes a picture to another student. It is fun to see how the students interpret what the other is saying.
- Break the Ice – I adapted this game by adding velcro to each cube. I printed target words on squares and stick them to the cubes. The students either says the word or uses it in a sentence when they hit it through.
- flowered box – this box has Jeopardy like language cards in it. The students love the challenging cards. I use the pocket charts on my wall to hold the cards.
- Reading Comprehension decks – These cards are for targeting different comprehension skills. I have a variety of them. Each card has a paragraph and a few questions about the paragraph. The nice thing about theses cards is that they are leveled so you can find a card at the students reading level.
That is going to be the end of this post but there are still three more shelves to dissect next time. I hope you find this post helpful in discovering new items for therapy. If you have any questions about a product, please email me and I will try to answer it as best I can.