Age level: Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description: Read My List! is not only made my post about Most Anticipated Games for Kids with Autism, but it’s also one of my favorite releases of the year. I spend a lot of time working on intraverbal skills with my students with autism, and this game provides a fun way to practice those skills with peers and family. Not only does the game include both Beginner and Advanced levels of play, but includes three different types of intraverbal skills.
Skills & Modifications: This game is incredibly easy to modify to meet your learner’s current skill level. One simple modification is to just introduce one type of card at a time. For example, you may find that your learner can list additional items when provided with multiple examples, but is not yet able to participate in a Lightning Round, which requires them to list items in a category without any examples.
A second modification you can make is to actually provide fewer examples. For example. if you’re playing with the Name the Category cards, you might want to just provide 3-4 items from the list instead of reading the entire list. This way, there is less information for you learner to attend to. You can systematically increase the number of items you list aloud as your learner experiences more success with the game.
A final modification I make relates to scoring. The instructions state that you can use paper and pencil to record points players earn. For most of my learners, I don’t use paper and pencil, but instead just give them the card they’ve won. Then at the end of the game, we see who has the most cards. For other students, we don’t take score at all.
Peer Play/Teamwork – This game is great for peer play because everyone is playing simultaneously. One modification I make is to have players work in teams. Other times I play it as a collaborative group activity and everyone is trying to help come up with answers.
Categories/Class/Feature/Function – If you want to focus solely on these skills, it may be beneficial to cover the answer with your finger or paper, and let the learner see the list of words. It may help learners who do better with visual information than with auditory information.
Listening – This is a great game for working on listening skills. In order to win a point (or a card, as described in the modifications section) each player must listen carefully to what the reader is saying and respond quickly.
Pros: The materials included in the game are durable and incredibly robust, with 200 double-sided cards. The design is attractive, and the game is easy to learn. Add to that the aforementioned ease of modifications and there is no reason not to purchase this game!
Cons: The only con to this game is that the packaging has a strong plastic smell when you first open it. Especially if you have children (with or without autism) who have sensory issues with strong smells, you might want to leave it out with all the packaging off for a bit before you introduce it to your learners.
Cost: $14.99 You should invest in this game if: you are seeking fun ways to practice intraverbal skills, seeking a game that can be played with peers/siblings of different ages, or looking for fun games for family game night.
ABLLS: A15, G15, G16, G17, G24, G25, G27, G29, H18, H36, K15
Read My List! was provided to me for free by the company Educational Insights to write about here. This did not influence my opinions on the game. The thoughts and ideas above are all my own.