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!
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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!
For child who is under 3 years of age, this game is great for simple object naming.
They are many ways to target this goal. Feel free to adjust the way you play the game depending on the language and interest level of your child/student. Some ideas:
For older students who are practicing memory compensations, this game is great for practicing visualization or rehearsal.
Have a child pull a few cards and either “make a mental picture” of the words or repeat the words at least 3 times. I usually make my own cards for this game. Then, take away the cards and have he/she see if he/she can find the pictures. This is not as functional as using curriculum material but it is a motivating way to introduce the memory compensations.
How you target this goal will completely depend completely on your student.
For me, as my students improve their articulation skills and are mainly working on generalization, I like to pull “non-speech” games to add a little distraction with hopes of transferring their new skills to automatic memory.
Therefore, for these goals, I follow the directions on the box on how to play and adjust as needed depending on my student's abilities.
To target articulation, I create a carrier phrase that contains the student’s target sound. Before each turn or during a turn, which ever applies, each student says the phrase with their “good sound.” Typical speech therapy!
For this speech or language goal, follow the instructions on the box. When a student pulls a card with a word on it, he/she has to either use the word in a sentence with correct grammar, find a synonym, define it using EET, etc…
This will depend on the student’s individual goals.
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