In a previous article, I wrote about using games to teach speech therapy at home, and mentioned making games for teaching speech therapy. A few days ago, a friend mentioned to me that she had found my article, and liked the ideas, but simply didn’t have the time to create the games she needed. I reminded her that, for me, making speech therapy games is a quick activity drawn on the back of a cereal box cardboard. However, she has three children and works outside the home, and doesn’t have time to draw, find rulers, and come up with words and word lists. For her, making speech therapy games is a challenge.
In the interest of helping a dear friend, and having fodder for an article, I did a little experimenting with my computer. I found that I could very quickly create and print a variety of games using my Microsoft Works Word Processor. While Microsoft Works is the word processor on my computer, I think it would be easy to make these games using any word processor. This process involved no rulers, markers, or cutting at all. Start to finish, creating one takes about four to six minutes. The following is my basic formula for making speech therapy games on your computer.
1. Open a new, blank screen on your word processor.
2. Create columns. You can do this any number of ways. One “lazy girl” method is to use your “insert table” button. When asked how many columns, choose two. When asked how many rows, choose six. This will create two rows of boxes on your page. You can use this basic format for making speech therapy games, or cut them apart to create flash cards for speech therapy games you create.
3. Choose a font that is very kid-friendly. By that, I mean that when you are making speech therapy games you wouldn’t want to use a font that makes letters which are unfamiliar to your little one. I almost always use the comic sans option.
4. Make your font size as large as you can to fit in the boxes. You will be typing in the words your child needs to work on.
5. If you truly cannot think of the words you want to write in the boxes, go to www.google.com and enter “words beginning with R”, and a huge list will pop up. When filling in your boxes, always watch out for words that have letters making the wrong sound. You want to keep these words short and easy. Consider the age of the child you are working with when making speech therapy games.
6. If you have the time, and feel inclined, it is super easy to add a little clip art to your page. If you are working on the letter “D” , you might insert a picture of a dog. I don’t take the time to enter my own pictures, I make use of Microsoft’s clip art option at the top of my word processor.
8. Play. Children can “climb the ladder”, pronouncing each word on the way up the columns. You could draw in some arrows, and treat this sheet like a game board. With a die and a couple tiny action figures, you have a game you could use each day. For an older child, hang it on the fridge and just have them read it a couple times a day. Another option, is to use these squares for making speech therapy games by cutting them apart and using them with regular games.
That’s it. I really hope this method for making speech therapy games is a blessing to you. If you want to share this article, please post the link instead of cutting and pasting.