Play is often used during therapy for children to help keep them engaged in the activitiy.
Here is a list of articulation games to help improve your therapy!
Games with Articulation Cards:
- HIDE & SEEK: Clinician hides the articulation cards around the therapy room. When the client finds them, he says the word on the card using good sounds.
- GO FISH!: Each player gets 5 cards. The goal is to make a match with each of the cards. Player 1 asks player 2 for a card they need to make a match. If player 2 has the card, he hands it over to player 1. If not, player 2 says “GO FISH” and player one chooses a card from the deck. Use articulation cards that the client needs to work on!
- MYSTERY PICK: Clinician chooses a winning card, places the card back in the deck, shuffles and fans the cards out. Clients take turns selecting cards, saying the word on the card. The one who picks the winning card gets a sticker.
- BEAN BAG TOSS: Place the cards in a row on the floor. Select a winning card. Have the client stand a few feet back and try to toss the bag on the winning card. The client must say the word on the card that the bag lands on.
- FISHING FOR WORDS OR NUMBERS: Use a fishing pole with a magnet to pick up cards with paper clips attached, or use the pole to pick up fish with numbers on them. The number indicates how many words the clients have to say.
- RACE FOR CANDIES: Turn articulation cards upside down in 1 row per player. The clients have to turn over a card, say the word correctly and move to the next card. If they misarticulate they have to stop and repeat the word until they get it right. At the end of the rows of cards is a prize, such as candy or a sticker.
- GUESS WHAT!: Cover an articulation card with a plain index card and slowly unveil it. The client has to guess (and correctly articulate the word) before the picture is totally revealed.
- PICK 2: The client selects 2 cards from the deck at random and has to put both in 1 sentence that makes sense and with correct articulation.
- ARTICU-BOWL: Attach cards to bowling pins and have the client bowl over the pins. As he picks the pins up, he must correctly articulate each word attached to the pins.
- MEMORY LINE-UP: Place 3, 4, 5 cards in a row, have the client say the words, then close his/her eyes while you switch the order. He must put them back in order and say them again.
- ARTIC AIM: Use a gun that shoots spinners (plastic ones are about a dollar at major discount stores) to try and hit a card. The client has to correctly articulate the one s/he is aiming for and then hits.
- PICTURE GUESS: Two teams take turns selecting a card from the deck and then drawing the picture. The other team must try to guess what the target word is and correctly articulate it.
- PSYCHIC ARTIC: Show clients 2 or 3 cards, shuffle these and pass them out. They each must each take turns trying to guess which card you or the other players have. (this can be a good language-naming game too)
OTHER GAMES FOR ARTICULATION:
- PASS A BALL: Take turns rolling a ball back and forth, each person has to think of a new target word and articulate that correctly.
- BALLOON BOUNCE: Bounce a balloon and try to keep it in the air. Each time the client hits the balloon s/he has to articulate the target sound or word correctly.
- BOARD GAMES: You can use any board game the child likes. The number they role is the number of words or phrases that the child has to articulate correctly. You can also use this idea with UNO.
- ARTIC WORD SEARCH: Make word searches and crossword puzzles
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