Play is the language of childhood, which is why if you ever watch an autism speech-language therapy session, you may not even realize the speech therapist (or the child) is actually “working!”
One of our favorite tools? Board games!
Board games can be a great “communication temptation,” meaning it motivates kids to engage. It can also be an excellent tool for teaching key life skills, especially for older kids, teens and adults.
Our Brecksville speech therapists will even oversee group board game sessions to improve key skills like:
- Maintaining eye contact.
- Improving Communication
- Self-regulation of emotions
- Better understanding others’ emotions
Anytime one of our autism speech-language therapy sessions are in an open space and there is a board game involved, it’s not uncommon other kids gravitate.
Board games are great for managing basic social interactions and bonding, sometimes bridging the ability gap between siblings, classmates or other peers. We encourage family board game nights as a way for parents to help work on carryover of key ongoing goals for speech, expressive-receptive language, sensory integration, fine motor skills and more.