Students will identify familiar items/objects when provided with an oral description.
Students will describe a given vocabulary word using by using at three relevant attributes, such as color, shape, size, category, or distinctive features.
Fluency and Voice
Students will use continuous phonation and phrasing and pausing at the sentence level.*
*Note: This game may also be used to work on light contacts, easy onset of phonation, and controlled rate of speech with your students who stutter. For voice students, it is also appropriate to use when practicing forward tonal focus and easy onset of phonation.
This game is one of the old classics that I remember from my own childhood. The only difference from the old version to today is that the fourth edition has been updated to included three, rather than two, players.
Password includes a set of playing cards, leatherette card holders, a scoring indicator and score pad. Each card has a total of 20 possible words to choose from, giving you hundreds of words in all.
This game is very simple to play. Students each get a leatherette card holder and one playing card to start. There is a clear window in each card holder that allows each player to see their secret password. Then students take turns giving “clues” about their words. Whoever guesses the secret password first gets the point.
Play students one on one, partnered, or teamed. This game is designed to play with students aged 12 years and older. For younger students, there is a junior version available.
This game is great for encouraging students to become both better at describing and better listeners since it is simple and fun to play. Often, I will let students choose the words they want to describe rather than using the spinner but either way is fine.
Another modification I sometimes add to this therapy activity is to give each student a describing chart to look at. By giving them a visual, students tend to give more complete descriptions of the target words.
For fluency and voice students, this game is ideal for working on techniques at the sentence level. The reason I like this game so much for these students is because it encourages them to both formulate language spontaneously as well as use their strategies.
The cards are also great for parents to carry around with them in the car in case this is the only time they have available to practice speech and language skills with their child!
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