Thursday, December 13, 2018

Free Printable Winter Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

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

While winter doesn't officially start until late December, winter is a reality much earlier here in the Canadian prairies. We spend a good 5-6 months in snow with cold temperatures. That means we get to enjoy sledding and making snowmen for a lot longer than most people do...

So since we embrace winter around here for a long time, I put together this free printable winter barrier game for speech therapy. It's a pretty simple one, making it great for even the littlest of kids.

Free printable winter themed barrier game for speech therapy

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 Winter 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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