Social Skills Therapy Activity: Double Up

I don’t know about you but I have really struggled with finding age appropriate therapy materials for students who are in middle school, high school and beyond. I know that when I am working with older students, I need to use products that contain real life and engaging pictures. I searched and searched but did not find anything that seemed functional. So I created Double Up.

I am so excited about this product and how many applications that it has!! If you are a special education teacher, speech language pathologist, board certified behavior analyst or parent – you will love Double Up. This product can be used with students who are non-verbal and by students who are conversational. A no prep social skills activity for mixed groups!!

Double Up includes 4 different games and 144 vocabulary cards. It can be played with as few as one person or as many as 4 people. Vocabulary terms focus on the areas of leisure and hygiene. The first person to fill up their board- yells “Double Up” and they are the winner.  Read below for skills that you can work on when playing Double Up.

 

Matching. If you have students who would benefit from matching identical pictures, you can do that easily with double up! Just pass out the game boards of the same color. Get the matching vocabulary cards and you are ready to go. Each student picks a card and matches to their board. If they don’t have the card they pick – they can pass it to the person who does have it. If student’s are able to ask they can ask who has the card. For example, “who has the picture of reading?”

 

Associations. Students can work on matching items by association. If you pass out the purple leisure noun boards, get out the red leisure action vocabulary cards. You will turn over a leisure action ( i.e. reading), if you have the picture of the book on your board – you match it! If someone else has the book – you can pass it to them or ask “who has the book?” A great way to play for students who understand word associations.

 

Turn taking. Double up allows for practice with turn taking. Picking a card and taking your card is a functional leisure skill. The format of this game, allows for many opportunities to take your turn and wait while others take their turn.

 

 

Independent Work. Double Up also makes a functional independent work task. A student could take one board from the double up game and the matching cards. They would match the identical cards for an independent work task. The pictures are functional and age appropriate, so not only are students work on increasing their duration with an independent task, they are being exposed to words that are important to them!

Conversation Skills – The pictures in double up lend themselves to conversation. You can discuss the vocabulary terms with the students. “Have you lifted weights before?” “Have you been camping?” The conversation opportunities are endless! To help facilitate this conversation, I have created a freebie conversation starters companion for Double Up. Just put your email in the form below and they will be sent your way.

So if you want a game that is versatile and will help your students increase their language skills- Double Up is for you! It is for sale on amazon .

It is also for sale right here on my website. 

Want those social questions that can be used alone or in conjunction with Double Up? Just put your email right below and they will be sent your way.

 

 

 

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