Screen Sharing Teletherapy Games

I have found some great teletherapy resources in the last few months but I am still missing all the games from my speech room.  Now that I have figured out how to use my Osmo as a document camera I thought this would open up the possibilities of using some of my games during teletherapy! I went through my games and came up with six games/activities that I can play while screen sharing.  I have tweaked some of the instructions just a little to make it work and some I changed up the rules to help be more specific in targeting goals. Here's a collection of six games to screen share during teletherapy! 

Rory's Story Cubes
These little cubes are great for so many language and articulation goals!  You can target naming/identifying pictures, using verbs, self-monitoring articulation skills, producing grammatically correct sentences, generating a narrative, and telling a story using sequencing skills just to name a few.  While I was sharing about these cubes Hanna from My Literacy Space commented letting me know there is an awesome app too!  I think the app is probably a better option to share during therapy as the dice are bigger. 


When I share the app I don't need to use the Osmo, but I just didn't take it apart.  I followed the same steps as I would if I were screen sharing the Osmo (just opened the app I wanted instead of the Osmo document camera app). 

Kids on Stage
This game can target understanding categories (animals, objects, and actions), following directions, and making inferences.  First, spin the spinner, and then choose a matching card to act out. The other players in the game aren't supposed to see the card so I usually just have them turn around, or cover/close their eyes. First player to guess correctly gets a point and first player to 5 points wins!


HedBanz Junior
This one is played a little differently over teletherapy.  We don't wear the headbands instead, we take turns flipping over a card and the other players in the group have to ask questions to figure out what the card may be.  I like the junior version for my younger kids because all the cards are animals. With this game, we can target naming animals, following directions, taking turns, asking/answering questions, using articulation skills in conversation, and making inferences. 


Pickles to Penguins
This fun card game is the best for practicing comparing and/or contrasting which is what it's all about!  You flip over two cards and someone has to tell what the two objects have in common.  I usually challenge my kids to see who can find the most similar characteristics (or differences depending on what we're targeting) between the two objects. 


Pictionary
My drawing skills are not the best but this game is always a fun one! Pictionary is so easy to change depending on what you are targeting.  I rarely use the cards that come with the actual game.  Instead, if we're working on articulation skills I flash cards that contain the targeted sound (you also need to tell the other players to turn around during this part too).  If we're working on verbs I use pictures of verbs and so on. We keep score by who can shout out the name of the picture fastest. When playing with kids over the computer we just use a marker and notebook paper but I do like that the game now comes with a dry erase board and marker!


Spot It
Spot It is one of my favorite games to play when we have a few minutes left in a session. Over teletherapy, I put down one card face up and then a pile of cards face down. I flip one card from the pile over at a time.  I usually only change one of the cards each round. The person who can shout out the match first gets a point.  First player to 5 points wins! 


I hope that gave you some ideas of how to can use games you already have during teletherapy.  If you are unable to use the Osmo as a document camera or don't have a document camera/Osmo you could easily adapt most of these games by just showing the cards using the built-in web camera.  Just be sure to tell any other players in the group not to peek when flashing the cards or dice.

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