Hawthorne Elementary School
Bosslet, Barbara
Speech Language Pathologist bbosslet@elmhurst205.org

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Game Time!!

It's always a great time for exploring new games and activities. Choosing games that will contribute to language development is beneficial for children and adults alike! Games need not be costly.  In fact, creative thinkers can develop awesome games using materials you already have around your home! Before you toss game boards and game cards with missing pieces, consider using the board, spinners, and game pieces in a casual, creative way. Yet, if you choose to brand new, pre-packaged games, there are always ways to enhance the benefit of working towards stronger language abilities. Be creative and bend the rules, adding extra steps that focus on describing, adding details or listening for details. Consider modifying games for younger children so that they can be successful too!


When choosing or planning a game, consider the demands it puts on one’s language skills. Some games give the opportunity to stretch our ability to listen and remember or to recall locations or other visual images. Other games tax one’s ability to describe, explain, discover relationships between ideas or use multiple meaning words. Others blend artistic or acting abilities as a means of expression. Playing a variety of games is best, but if your family has some favorites, you can enjoy them over and over again!


How do you discover new games? Browse the local book store, toy store or department store. Ask your friends. Do an online search. Think back in your memory to rediscover games you enjoyed years ago, and if they are no longer available, perhaps you can make your own version!


Don’t forget to explore new apps for your digital device. There are many language building activities that are non-violent and delightful. Remember, you can turn any single activity into a turn-taking game if you take the time to do it TOGETHER. Digital activities can be mesmerizing, but you can increase the benefit when you share the activity with a partner, and TALK, TALK, TALK!



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Want to Know More ?

If you want to learn more about speech and language development, the Americal Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is a great resource.  ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. www.asha.org/.


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