5 Quick and Easy Games That Build AAC Skills

March 27, 2014 by - 5 Comments

5 Quick and Easy Games That Build AAC Skills
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Have a few minutes and want to get in some core word prAACtice without making it seem like work? Giving the AAC learner a chance to boss us around and direct us do things just because they tell us to is something that has worked for us more times that we can count.

Put the AAC learner in control and make it fun. Get your silly on and ham it up but remember to use aided language input throughout the process. Here are some ideas.

  1. They say: “Go,” “Sit,” “Tell,” or “Walk.” We act that out in the craziest way possible.
  2. They say: “Happy,” “You happy,” “Sad,” or “You sad.” We make the most ridiculous happy/sad faces imaginable.
  3. They say: “What,” “What is it?” or “What is that?” We use the context to figure out what they’re referring to and say “It is a ___.”
  4. They say: “Get the ____,” or “Where is the ___?” We rush to find it and come back to say “Here it is!”
  5. They say “Go.” We run around in circles for a bit and then say “Stop.” Repeat until you’re too dizzy to continue.

Working with beginning communicators? Play both roles until the learner gets the hang of it. The key is to keep it light, be a bit silly, and boost the ‘fun factor.’

What games do you play to boost opportunities for AAC practice? We’d love to hear your ideas.


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  • B. Forslund says:

    Brilliant ideas!! Thank you!!!

  • Ashlye says:

    Sleep/Wake up!
    They say “sleep” and initiate “wake up” with “up”, “awake” or any word they are working on. Best done with a small blanket and a lot of drama!

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Love this one, Ashlye! Giving power back to the child to direct our actions can be hugely motivating. Thanks for taking the time to share this idea!

  • Rebecca Bayda says:

    In my Kindergarten classroom we do the “colour game” where when my child presses any colour on his AAC device we all have to run around and touch something of that colour.
    Also we play “light and dark” so when my student presses the light button I have to run in a dramatic fashion and turn on the lights. When they press dark I have to run and turn the lights off. The whole class thinks this is hilarious!
    Thank-you for your awesome ideas, I can’t wait to play them with my students!

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