Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Free Printable Bug Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

My seven year old, J, has always liked bugs. This spring, however, he has been even more curious about them.

Almost every spring we have a huge outbreak of tent caterpillars. They literally swarm houses and trees. It's impossible not to step on them during May and June. Anyway, J loves picking them up and letting them crawl on his arms and hands. And he gets so mad at me if I step on them, shouting, "They're a part of nature! Don't step on them!"

Me, on the other hand? I don't like bugs. Not even ladybugs.

However, the cute bugs in this free printable barrier game for kids are totally up my alley. I would totally be okay with bugs if they looked like these ones.

Free printable bug themed barrier game for speech therapy 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 Bug 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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