Autism expert Sam Blanco BCBA recommends using the You’ve been Sentenced! word game as a teaching tool in the classroom

Teach through games, You've been SentencedMany educators struggle to find motivating items for students with autism. Through ten years of experience and teaching well over 400 students, Sam Blanco has developed a unique ability to help teachers learn how to find motivating materials. Her mission? To help educators understand how to thoughtfully integrate games, toys, and technology for students with autism and other developmental delays.

Recently, Sam Blanco had the opportunity to evaluate the You’ve been Sentenced! word game for classroom use for students with autism. This is a brief excerpt from that review:

“Skills & Modifications: I love playing this game with my students who enjoy wordplay. It has been a great choice for my learners with autism ages 10 and up who have the prerequisite skills in language.

Problem Solving: One of the great aspects of the game is that each player must rotate cards to find the best options for creating a sentence. Some learners struggle with this, so I may “stack the deck” to be sure that they receive ten cards that can create a sentence. Then the focus is solely on solving the problem of placing the cards correctly. For some learners I may reduce the number of cards in play, then systematically increase the number of cards until they are playing the game as designed.

Flexibility: This game is great for helping learners with autism engage in play that does not allow for stereotypy or repetitive play. Each learner must create sentences with the limited selection of words within their hand. The game also includes well over 500 cards so it’s highly unlikely that learners will ever have the opportunity to repeat sentences.

Peer Play: For learners who enjoy wordplay, this is a great option for engaging them in peer play. The potential for silly and funny sentences increases the likelihood of appropriate joint attention and shared humor.

Pros: I love that the instructions include ELEVEN variations for the game! The add-on decks have also been fantastic. One of my learners frequently request that we play with the Gourmet Cuisine Add-on Deck.”

To read the review in its entirety or to read more suggestions for games that are suitable for use in the classroom with autistic students, visit Sam Blanco BCBA.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!, Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rules, printable score sheets, or even order online!

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Go play a game! This Saturday, April 5, is International TableTop Day!

tabletopdaylogoWhat is International TableTop Day? Why, I’m glad you asked…

International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming! According to event founders, the event is, “a single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun.”

At TableTopDay.com   http://www.tabletopday.com/ you can connect with experienced group organizers, retailers, and publishers— all in one place. There’s even an interactive map which hosts all of the game days and parties worldwide. (If you don’t see an event near you, simply follow the free submission process to create and host your own TableTop Day event.)

So get out there… and play!

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!, Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rules, printable score sheets, or even order online!

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Parent Guide News recommends “Family-friendly movies and games everyone’s talking about,” including the You’ve been Sentenced! word game

ParentGuide News March 2014 coverPARENTGUIDE News caters to expecting parents and families with children up to 12 years of age. The monthly columns and feature articles in ten regional parenting magazines, as well as online, address both global and local parenting concerns, such as health, education, pregnancy, child-rearing and much more.

Recently, PARENTGUIDE News featured some of the best new films and games in their article “Family-friendly movies and games everyone’s talking about” including the award-winning, educational You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

From Lego-My-Game-O for X-Box 360, to the new Disney film Bears, to Nintendo’s Yoshi’s New Island, parents can find THE hottest entertainment for families and children!

To read the article in its entirety, please visit PARENTGUIDE News.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!, Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rules, printable score sheets, or even order online!

 

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LA Spash Magazine’s Children’s Gift Guide includes the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game!

splash_magazines_w640Looking for the perfect child’s gift this season? Look no further! LA Splash Magazine has assembled the best of the best into the new 2014 Children’s Gift Guide. From classic toys, to new media, to award-winning games like the You’ve been Sentenced! word game, you’ll find an amazing round-up of items kids are sure to love!

What does LA Splash say about You’ve been Sentenced?

“The latest in the evolution of games, You’ve been Sentenced! is destined to become a classic. Using a unique word deck of pentagon shaped cards containing conjugations of funny words, famous names from throughout history, familiar places, and wild cards, players have to make grammatically correct and justifiable sentences. The real fun begins when players have to read their sentences out loud and explain what they mean to the rest of players. They form the jury and vote thumbs up or down on whether the sentence and justification stand and the points are scored. 540 cards with over 2,500 words insure billions of possible sentences so the game is never repetitive and has unlimited re-play value. You’ve been Sentenced! is the winner of over 25 national awards including the Family Review Center Product of the YEAR for 2013.” Available at McNeill Designs, Retail $24.95

To see more great gift ideas for kids, tweens and teens, visit LA Splash Magazine.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!, Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rules, printable score sheets, or even order online!

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You’ve been Sentenced! word game named to Kaplan Toy Blog’s “Five Fabulous Language and Literacy Games” list!

You've been Sentenced! word game, 2013, YBS10010Kaplan Toy Blog recently put together a list of Five Fabulous Language and Literacy Games” for parents of both emergent readers and older readers. The list contains games that will help children build on key language and literacy skills like alphabet learning, phonics, rhyming, building words, and building sentences–inlcuding the You’ve been Sentenced! word game. 

Here’s a little of what Kaplan’s had to say,

“For your older readers, You’ve Been Sentenced! is a great sentence-building game using five-sided card with multiple versions of a base word. Players get 10 cards in a hand and try to score the most points by creating the longest grammatically correct and sensible sentence! Any player can object to another players sentence, on either grammatical grounds, or if a sentence just doesn’t make sense. The defending player and the objecting player get to argue their points to the rest of the players, who form a jury. Half the fun is trying to defend, explain, and justify a completely ridiculous sentence to the other players. First player to reach 200 points wins.” Retail $24.95 

Other suggestions on build on key language and literacy skills through games include the Alphabet Match Game, Syllabification Vocabulary Building Game, Rhyming Sounds Game, and Froggy Phonics Game.

Visit Kaplan Toy Blog for more insights on the best educational toys and games on the market today!

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!, Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rules, printable score sheets, or even order online!

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