A Social Communication Game.
An exceptional tool for use with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Claudia Weiss, LCSW, Sandra Singer, Ph. D. and Lois Feigenbaum, LCSW
- For ages 5-12 years
People communicate using not only words, but tone of voice and body language. Many children, however, fail to notice these relatively subtle social cues. This clearly-focused, easy-to-use game teaches children to pay attention to tone of voice, observe body language, and note how these cues affect the message.
Children assume two roles during game play: Messenger and Listener. They learn by observing others, and by getting immediate feedback about their own expressive abilities. They learn to adjust volume, expression, gestures and other physical cues to communicate effectively, and achieve greater self-control. Acquiring these skills helps children develop more appropriate and satisfying social relationships.
Ideal for 2-8 players, this game can easily be used with larger groups, or in classrooms. It focuses on social interaction among players, rather than on a game board. Included in the game is an”Express-O-Meter” which is a sliding ruler to give students feedback about whether they are communicating appropriately.