I’ve often used board games with elementary aged clients, whether therapeutic board games or mainstream games. Games are a great way to build rapport, conduct assessments, develop social skills like taking turns and sharing, and work on specific skills.
In a previous post, I specifically looked at Games to Promote Emotional Expression, which mostly deals with uses for mainstream games. Today I want to share with you a do-it-yourself game template that I’ve made.
The template is very simple, making it perfect for you to fill in whatever questions or instructions you like on the spaces. All you will need is a die and a couple of movers. You can create your own game before session or make it in session with your client before you play it. Working together on the game will help kids get more excited about playing (and maybe about taking it home to play with their parents and siblings too!).
I am also including a copy of the assessment version that I created, which you can use in the early sessions with your clients. The questions go from basic information like “What’s your favourite food,” to deeper questions like “What makes you sad?” and “If you had three wishes, what would they be?” Use this game to get to know your clients clients better, build rapport, and collect some assessment information. I hope you find these templates useful.