Gifts for Building Social and Communication Skills
Jennifer Rainey

Gifts for Building Social and Communication Skills

Gifts for Building Social and Communication Skills
Jennifer Rainey

Gifts for Building Social and Communication Skills

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.Gifts for building social and communication skills can be both fun and skill-building.  The holiday season is upon us once again.  Here are some fun gift ideas for games that help kids build social and communication skills.  Many games can be modified to your child’s needs, and keep in mind that these games can all be adapted to meet various skill levels of players, so remember to play any way you like.

Gifts for building social and communication skills

Guess Who:  This is a great game for working on asking and answering yes/no questions, as well as working on paying attention to facial features and expressions.  Each player has a board of 24 faces.  Players ask a series of questions to guess which faces their opponent has picked.  Whoever guesses their opponent’s choice first is the winner.  This game has multiple editions, but I especially love this updated version because the characters are much more diverse than in the original.  You can even take your own photographs to insert into the board for a more personalized game! 


Tall TalesTall Tales is a collaborative storytelling game with various gameplay options that allow players to work either individually or together to create imaginative stories.  Players pull story pieces from a pouch and then tell a story that must include all of their pieces.  This game is excellent for working on imagination and flexibility.  When kids work with one another to tell a story, it gives them opportunities to create and use language.  This dynamic also allows space for the thoughts and ideas of others.


Hedbanz:  This is another great game for working on asking and answering questions, but with a broader scope of possibilities than Guess Who?.  In the game of Hedbanz, players wear headbands that hold a card with a picture of an object, food, animal, etc., and then have to ask other players yes/no questions to try to determine what picture is on their head. The game comes with a timer.  However, if your child struggles to communicate quickly, you can leave out that aspect. 


LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set:  This was one of my son’s absolute favorite toys when he was little, so it has a special place in my heart!  It’s a perfect gift for a younger child.  It may also be great for someone older than the recommended age if they still need some help with phonics.  The letter set teaches the names of the letters and the sounds they make with fun songs that make them easy to remember. It even comes with three pieces that can be personalized with family photographs!  I also love this toy because it can help lay the foundation for reading and spelling.  The game is particularly fun for children who rely on spelling or typing for fluent communication.


Feed the Woozle:  Even the name of this game is fun!  As seen in the picture below, the Woozle is awfully hungry! Feed the Woozle has multiple levels of gameplay, one of which requires one player to wear a blindfold while another player gives him/her spoken directions on how to get from where they are standing to where the Woozle is waiting to be fed.  Listening to and following the directions of another player allows players to work together.  They give each other directions to feed the woozle. This game helps to build listening and expressive communication skills.  See more ideas for using this game by clicking here.  


What Do You Meme? This game is excellent for those who struggle with perspective taking and/or reading facial expressions.  This activity could be a fun way to draw attention to people’s faces.  It requires the player to look at faces and guess what they might think or feel. In addition, adding a bit of humor to games can help make working on social skills fun and exciting. 




About the Author

Jennifer Rainey is the mom of amazing teen with autism, apraxia and sensory processing disorder. She is a passionate advocate for her son and incredibly resourceful when it comes to advocating or finding creative solutions for her family! You can find her through her Storefront and Community called Autism’tude on Vitalxchange.

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