Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer Fun Barrier Game

I follow quite a few speech and language blogs and I love reading about activities/ideas/experiences/struggles/challenges, etc. of other SLPs!  Living in New England, you sort of take it for granted that September = Back to School.  I'm realizing that many of you actually head back to school in August.

Since many of you will be back at school during what is technically the summer, I created a summer-inspired activity!  You can use it as a barrier game (*see below if you're unfamiliar with the concept of barrier games), or as a simple following directions activity ("Put the girl with the purple swimsuit in the pool").  You could also use the pictures as a prompt for a "what I did during my summer vacation" conversation.

Graphics by Scrappin' Doodles

*Barrier Games:
 Barrier games are great for listening comprehension and expressive language.  You can play one on one with one of your students, have 2 students play, or have 2 teams of students play.  For a barrier game, you will want two copies each of the background scene and the game pieces (one for each player/team).  You may want to laminate the background scene and game pieces for durability. Cut out the game pieces.

background scene


game pieces
To play, put a barrier (open file folder, large book, etc.) between the two players/teams.  Have one player/team set up a scene using the game pieces.  Then they describe their scene to the other player/team, who tries to recreate the scene exactly.  The more specific the descriptions, the more accurate the recreation.  Once completed, you can remove the barrier and discuss what is correct or incorrect, discuss where communication breakdowns occurred, and brainstorm what the students could have done to improve the outcome.


Grab a copy of the Summer Fun Barrier Game here.  As always, if you download, please leave a comment to let me know what you think!


15 comments :

  1. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing! I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  2. Thank you! Heather, your blog is adorable! Love your ideas!

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  3. Great thank you.
    http://speechactivities.blogspot.com/#

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    1. Thanks! I've added your blog to my reading list :)

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  4. Great idea! We start back to work next week and I've already been to my classroom. This will be a perfect summery way to begin the school year. I posted about a great book to use with my older students. I hope you'll drop by my blog: http://speakwellreadwell.blogspot.com/2012/08/variations-of-voice-part-ii.html

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    1. Thank you Jeanette! I checked out your blog. I love using books and literacy activities in therapy! I've added your blog to my reading list as well! :)

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  5. Thank you so much Carrie, it's lovely & lots of fun :) from a speech mom as well :)

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  6. Super cute and a great idea! My 5 year old will want a chance at it first!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Hope your little one likes this as well! :)

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  7. Mahalo e Carrie! I can use this all year long! ALOHA from the Big Island!

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    1. Jealous! My college roommate just returned from a trip to Honolulu and the pictures were BEAUTIFUL! I can't imagine seeing that much beauty all year 'round! Mahalo to you!

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  8. Hi, I'm discovering how great barrier games are for targeting following directions and expressive language skills. They're great! However, I'm having some difficulty taking data. Does anyone have suggestions about how they keep theirs when using a barrier task?

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