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3 Engaging Games to Encourage Your Child’s Language Growth

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As many of you know, we love using games in therapy to promote language skills. Games are motivating and don’t feel like “work.” In this post, we’d like to share a few more of our favorite games that are sure to encourage language growth! We hope you have as much fun as we do playing!

 

1. Heads Up

Heads Up is an app you can download on your iPad or iPhone.  You put your device up to your forehead and your partner describes the word or phrase on the phone.  It’s a fast-paced describing game that is perfect for kids who can read.  The person holding the phone has to guess as many words/phrases as they can before time is up.  There are many themes or “decks” you can choose from.  My favorite kid friendly “deck” is called “Just Kidding” and is filled with kid friendly words and phrases.

How it helps speech and language development:

5 Second Rule is a great tool to help your child improve their vocabulary skills and understand the concept of categories.  This also improves their word finding abilities and turn taking skills.

 

 

2. 5 Second Rule Jr.

5 Second Rule Jr. is a great game to play with the whole family. This game requires you to name 3 items in a category within 5 seconds.  It comes with a game board, a timer, and game pieces to make it more competitive.  You could always take the timer away to make it a little easier for younger children.

How it helps speech and language development:

This is one of my favorite ways to target carryover of articulation skills.  Monitor your child’s target speech sounds while playing the game and prompt them when they make sound errors.  This game also addresses describing, sentence creation, word finding skills, vocabulary, and turn taking!

 

3. Tell Tale

Tell Tale is a story making game!  The game contains double sided picture cards.  There are a few different ways to play the game.  One way is to hand out 3-5 cards to each person and see who can come up with the best story using their pictures.  Another great way to play is to take turns picking up cards and create a story together.  Each time you pick up a card, you add to the story being made.  This way of playing can get really silly and fun!

How it helps speech and language development:

The most obvious skill Tell Tale targets is story telling!  Your child will also be working on sequencing events, creating sentences, describing, and turn taking.

 

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!