Many 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.
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