Word-retrieval games may be my favorite activity as an SLP. And as a human.
These are games I used to (and still do) play for fun routinely. You can buy the actual game, you can make it up in your head, or you can make your own materials for a game.
Even if my client is not diagnosed with a word-retrieval deficit, I have found these games helpful for many other deficits, including:
Social-Pragmatic Language Disorder
Think about it. If you have a hard time categorizing words in your brain, you will find it difficult to retrieve them when you need them. This poses challenges which may manifest in the following ways:
Help your clients, kids, or loved ones who have deficits like these by playing word retrieval games!
If you are interested in purchasing one of these games, I've included Amazon links. If you use the link, I will receive affiliate compensation. Thank you!
Time: 5-30 minutes/game
I also like to play a category game that I simply call, "The Word Game". I think of a category, write #1-10 on a whiteboard, and see how fast the other person can name 10 things. We play together if they need help. This game is great for playing anywhere, even in the car. If you don't have a whiteboard, then it's a great way to work on working memory for the other person to have to remember the 10 things as well. Here are a few suggestions for some starter categories:
It is helpful to tell your client or loved one to "close your eyes and make a picture" in order to strengthen visualization skills as well as semantic-mapping/word-retrieval skills.
I hope this is helpful to you as a practitioner, parent, or partner of someone in need of communication support!
My name is Amy Lauer