Pass the bomb is a relatively new game that I have come across which I have found to be most useful for children with language difficulties and can also be used to target to speech sounds as well.
The game comes with a ticking toy bomb and a set of picture cards, which are selected, and each player must respond to what is on the card and pass the bomb to the next player before it explodes.
Here are some of the reasons why I thought this toy was great as a therapy tool for children with speech and language difficulties:
- There are two versions of the game, a junior version that can be used for kids in their early school years and the standard version that is useful for older children even up until high school. This is great as it can be difficult to find games to keep teenagers entertained when doing speech and language practice activities.
- The pictures on the cards are very broad so they can be used in the way that the game is intended or you can add your own spin. You can work on a child’s ability to describe by getting the child to describe one of the objects or scenes in the picture, eg. A picture of a dog at the park might get a response such as “brown” “fluffy” or “animal with 4 legs”. You can also work on sounds such as the ‘s’ sound by asking the child to name a word that relates to the scene that starts with ‘s’ e.g. a picture of someone at the beach may get responses such as ‘sun’, ‘sand’ or ‘sea’.
- The time element involved which requires the child to complete the task before the bomb goes off, not only makes the task engaging and fun but also works to improve the child’s accuracy and speed at which they are able to produce the sound or description, making the speech or language skill more automatic and natural.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have speech pathology related questions, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.