The DYnamic Therapy Associates Blog
When I first meet a child for therapy, I always ask parents to tell me what their child likes to do. What characters, what toys, what games, what videos, what books.... So many times parents of children with severe speech and physical impairment look at me like I'm a little crazy when I ask about board games. "Well, she would probably like them but she can't do it." Since that sounds like a challenge, I have been adapting board games for many years. (Plus, I like games and my own kids are getting too old to play Candyland with me anymore!)
...you can just add numbers (or colors, or letters) to the playing pieces so your child can use his/her device to make a selection. For this game, Alli uses her communication device to pick 2 numbers to guess where the two halves of Gingerbread Man are hiding.
The next step is to make sure the game is as visually and physically accessible as possible. Here's a Candyland Game I adapted to help kids with fine motor difficulty move and place their pieces without sliding and falling. We tap out each move so our kids with visual challenges can hear how far the players pieces are moving.
About the Author: I am a SLP who has the distinct fortune of having a job that is also my passion. I have been an AAC Specialist for almost 25 years in schools and my private clinic. I currently own Dynamic Therapy with my husband, Chuck (also of 25 years) who is my business partner and enabler. We have a wonderful staff of SLPs & AAC Specialists who work with us to help our patients. I hope you find my blog helpful as you join me in our journey with our unique and amazing friends! Vicki Clarke, MS CCC-SLP