Go Fish the Ultimate Speech Therapy Game
There are jokes and great t-shirts about Speech Language Pathologists and our game playing skills. My favorite is “I play games for a living, what do you do?”
Because lets be real, games are an amazing tool for teaching speech and language.
So, evidently, I am a master at Go Fish. During a recent therapy session one of my students said, “Ms. Shannon I hope you are playing Go Fish with us today, because I need a challenge.” Another student asked how I got so good at Go Fish. Here are a few of my secrets!
- I listen to the kids. My ADD may inhibit my listening skills during meetings, but I can pay attention during Go Fish... Hehe haha
- Ok, so I really just put the card the child says in the order in which they are sitting.
- I will not admit to every seeing kids cards by accident… I really try not too look, so I use this as a teaching tool.
Go Fish and Articulation Practice
- Word level practice
- Phrase and sentence practice – “Do you have a…” “Go Fish” “I am fishing for a …”
- Reduces the “card factor”. This is what I call a students ability to perfectly say a word while at the speech table, but can’t generalize to different settings.
Go Fish and Language/Pragmatics
- The nature of Go Fish makes this a great game for pragmatics. Students have to ask their peers for cards. This creates a natural reciprocal conversation pattern.
- Turn taking
- Asking and answering questions
- Sometimes I really switch things up and have my children only use eye contact and body language to show who they are asking.
- I will use my articulation cards and then have students ask by the feature, function, or class instead of the name.
- There are card sets that have multiple meanings, synonyms, antonyms, and more.
These are just a few examples of the value in a good old game of Go Fish!