The ideas below are intended for:
For my students, I tend to use the curriculum as much as possible but sometimes students and SLPs deserve a fun break!
Again, I found this game at a local garage sale. I was very excited because I can't find it anywhere and I LOVE this game! You may be able to find a used version on Amazon for a reasonable price.
I never use games as they are intended. Instead, I modify them to fit the goals of my students. Below are some ideas that I have already explored and have had a lot of success!
The general rules for Kids Taboo are simple. There 2 teams, a green and yellow one. Each player takes turns being a "clue giver." The clue giver picks a card with a word on it and has to describe the word to his/her teammates and the other teammates have to guess what the word is. Once the word is correctly guessed, the clue giver pulls another card and the team keeps guessing until the timer runs out. However, I NEVER play with the timer!
The twist for taboo is, the player cannot use the words written on the card below the target word.. I tweak this rule from time to time but more on that later.
For the exact rules, refer to the rules provided in the game. I rarely follow the rules. Below are some fresh ideas to work on word finding skills and others!
For a child who can read, this is a great game to practice some word finding stratgies (expressively and receptively)
For children who are working on oral grammar and/or vocabulary:
This may be challenging for some students but great practice! You may want to start with one of the words and work up to including both.
Most of my language students use EET (Expanding Expressions Tool) in some fashion. This game works perfectly!
Click here for a copy of the EET cards
How you target this goal will completely depend completely on your students.
As I have mentioned before, I like to pull “non-speech” games to add a little distraction with hopes of transferring their new articulation skills to automatic memory.
To target articulation, create a carrier phrase that contains the student’s target sound. For this game, here are some ideas:
Before each turn or during a turn, which ever applies, each student says the phrase with their “good sound.” Typical speech therapy!