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The HOT ROCK Game!

It is amazing to understand how we speak and understand other people’s speech. Our minds are elaborately organised and engineered for language processing and to be able to function for this skill of communication we need to have somewhere to store our words in our mind.

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Efficient storage of words is important for great receptive and expressive language skills.

We store these words in a place we call the semantic centre which works like a well organised shopping centre full of words stacked in aisles to the roof. We could also say that this semantic centre was like a giant WORD SPIDER WEB of vocabulary and concepts that are all linked in relation to the words meaning, the words definitions and then how they are related to each other in the semantic system. The words are also stored based on the sound string (phonological) information of the word (eg. Flower-florist-floppy-fly). This becomes clear when working as a Speech Pathologist who have language and word retrieval problems after a stroke and a brain injury. It is quite intere3sting to hear the word errors that these individuals say that are either semantic errors (mixed for close meaning eg. Table-chair) or phonemic errors (mixed for their sounds-eg. I drive a carrot).

 

A fun game for you to play with the entire family is the HOT ROCK GAME! This is a great game for developing:

  • Lexical retrieval skills-word finding skills
  • Semantic categorisation-grouping words in to their categories ( Cow-Farm animals, angry-emotion)
  • Understanding words meanings and relationships to each other such as Antonyms (opposite words-eg. Fast-slow), Synonyms (Similar meanings Large-huge), Part-whole relationships (eg. Face-clock), Shades of grey meaning (eg. Angry-cross-mad-livid), Multiple meaning (eg. Belt-belt)
  • Auditory memory-in remembering the words that have been said.

Watch the training video where Katrine Elliott (Speech Pathologist) gives you instructions about how to play the game with your family or at school in a group of friends. She will also give you some information about language and how the semantic system operates within our entire communication system. Watch out for the “How to fix…speech-listening-language-reading-spelling and writing” series to learn more about great information to help your child with their speech therapy program to develop their speech, language and literacy skills.

Find It!

Find It! is a game whereby small objects are inside a cylinder whereby the children have to turn the tube around to uncover the objects that are among lots of tiny distracting and colourful pebbles. These pebbles make them have to work hard with their visual processing skills to detect the objects but also to sometimes visually cloze the image when they only see a portion of the object. This means to see the other parts in their minds eye to then put the whole image together to recognise what it is. Once they find an object, they are expected to name the object, which involves the skills for word finding. Some objects are new words for the children and some may require correction for how they say the word using their sounds enabling them to re-format the sound sequence and store it correctly. The find it! tubes are in topics such as Beach-Farm Yard-Jungle-Glamor which enables explorations of lots of words deep inside a category whereby the task is therapy for the semantic web (see parent training).

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Find it! is a great activity to develop word finding, naming and visual processing skills. Great word analysis level reading task that keep the kids searching.

The children need to find the correct sounds in the word to articulate this correctly and then they try and find the same object on their tablemats provided for them.

 

 

 

 

  • Level 1 students are given pictures with words on their table mats whereby only some of the words are included making it a search to see the ones they need.
  • Level 2 students, who have some reading capability, are given a list of the written words  on a page and have to tick the words off when they find them.

The children work in teams of two whereby one child searches for the word and says the name of the word while the other then looks at the words on the poster. They swap after 2 minutes. The team with the most words found at the end of a few rounds is the winning team in the Club House Game!