Fluency Blocks an UN-stacking Game
A stuttering therapy game
I love playing stacking blocks (such as Tumbling Towers or JengaTM) in therapy but my students often got frustrated with how easy it is to knock over (and some of my students would knock it over or bump the table on purpose). I wanted to figure out a way to play this game without as much frustration (while targeting fluency skills)!
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•Speech Blocks Trio Bundle (Articulation, Language, & Fluency Mats)
This activity covers the following fluency strategies:
• Full and Easy Breath (5 levels)
• Light Contact (3 levels)
• Stretching (3 levels)
• Easy Starts (easy onsets) (3 levels)
• Slow Down/Pacing (3 levels)
• Pausing/Phrasing (3 levels)
• There are also carry over mats (4 different mats)
This product also comes with pre-teaching tools such as cards, mini-posters, and visuals. It is important that you pre-teach the strategies before you play the game
Each strategy card gives a kid friendly description and a practice task. I also provide additional tips for each strategy (other activities to try).
→ Materials: stacking blocks game (wooden stacking blocks such as JengaTM or Tumbling Towers). You will also need to select one of the Fluency Blocks Mats that targets the desired strategy.
→ Game Set up: Stack the blocks up like the traditional game (three blocks together, alternating directions per 3 blocks…like the image above). Pick the Fluency Blocks mat that you need for your students and place it in front of them.
→ Game Play: Start off by telling your students this isn’t the regular stacking block game (where you take blocks off and stack them back on top). Tell them this is an UN-stacking game!
Each player will carefully remove a block out of the tower (they are not allowed to take one of the top blocks until the tower is down to 2 layers or no other blocks can be removed without it tumbling down). Then they get to choose a block on their mat to put it on. The student will practice the word/phrase with the strategy and then place the block over it.
Other Block Products to use with JengaTM or Tumbling Towers Blocks
This activity covers 14 language targets (categories, compare/contrast, wh-questions, describing, defining, associations, following directions, vocabulary, analogies, synonyms, antonyms, irregular plurals, irregular past-tense verbs, & fix the sentence) and includes 69 mats. Click here to check it out
This activity covers all phonemes in intiial, medial, and final positions (+blends and vocalic /r/). Click here to check it out
This activity comes with 7 types of conversational starter question mats (My favorites, What if..., Personal, Feelings/Emotions, Would You Rather, Silly Questions, & Think of a Question). These are perfect for carry over (articulation, language, or fluency), counseling groups, social skills, or small groups in the classroom. Click here to check it out
This activity uses the same type of blocks but the students build on the mats (to make buildings/images). This version is better for students who struggle with fine motor skills. This product comes with 19 mats (5 language targets: categories, compare/contrast, association, wh-questions, and vocabulary. Click here to check it out
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These mats are blank and intended to be used as an open-ended activity during therapy sessions.