Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Free Printable Beach Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

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This beach themed free printable barrier game is a perfect way to work on speech and language goals.

Our new speech pathologist recently introduced us to the concept of barrier games so, of course, as soon as I got home, I started researching what barrier games are and how to use them. For a short description (I describe more about them below), barrier games are a great way to work on speech concepts, as well as social skills such as turn taking and following directions. I immediately knew that barrier games would be a great fit for my son, especially given his speech delays due to hyperlexia. Obviously, I decided to make my own, starting with this free printable beach themed barrier game.

Free printable beach themed barrier game for speech therapy - great for kids with autism and hyperlexia from And Next Comes L

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What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Beach Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.

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