A part of our speech and language therapy often includes some type of game-playing. If we don’t make learning fun, we risk losing the attention of our students. Our students also play games in their classrooms and out at recess. It is an inherent part of the school day for many students. Playing games with others can tax our students with social skills and emotional regulation issues. There is a great deal of cooperation and communication that occurs when we play games so it is an opportunity for SLPs to work on multiple social skills. One skill that can be challenging for our students with social language delays is the ability to lose gracefully, also known as not being a sore loser! There are so many other skills too, including the following:
- *Allowing someone else to go first,
- *Smiling and using a friendly tone of voice,
- *Not boasting or bragging when you win,
- *Following the rules of the game,
- *Taking turns,
- *Using names of others during the game,
- *Complimenting a peer when they do a good job,
- *Congratulating the winner, and more!
To help our students with social language delays, be more successful at playing games, I developed a product that not only teaches students all the social skills involved in playing games, it also provides opportunities to practice these skills, have the skills reinforced, and improve perspective-taking and inference skills Check out the movie that shows the highlights of the product: You tube Clip for Social Rules for Playing Games. You can find this product in my Tpt store here!