I know that most of you work in the early years, however, occasionally, there's a cross-over and you need ideas further up the school. Here are my top ten games for using with older children with language disorder or difficulties. Are there any you would add?

1. Hedbanz

Ok, so you definitely have to get the child to understand that they shouldn't shout out what is on your head (which is no mean feat!) However, this is great for getting kids to describe a word according to it's category, shape, size, function etc etc. I usually have a visual prompt for the kids to ask.

2. Articulate for kids

Another lovely describing game but any games that involve a timer usually puts a child with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) under a lot of pressure, so you may want to be flexible with a timer - or ditch it all together!

3. Guess who

Classic Guess Who as well as Guess Where which is also available. This does normally need an adult supporting the child with language difficulties as it is difficult to understand that if he doesn't have a beard then you should leave him up (for example!) 

Great for modelling questions though - it's in my tool box of favourite games!

4. Taboo

Someone mentioned this on my facebook page as a good one for using with children, only that they should use the words given as a prompt rather than avoid them! So it's "taboo in reverse" if you like! I'm not including the link to amazon on this one as it say £99 and I'm sure you can get it for cheaper in other toy shops!!!!!

5. Chattabox

Now hands up, I haven't played this game myself - it was recommended by one of my readers. From what I can gather, you pick a category by using a spinner ( I do love a game with a spinner) and then have to think of something that begins with a certain letter. 

6. Rory's story cubes

These are quite cute for narrative work - you could get the child to tell a whole story all by themselves, or you could do it in a group, taking it in turns to throw a dice and add a piece on to the story. There are different themes on these, if you get in to them!

7. 5-second rule junior

Again, this is a time-pressured game, so you could make it a 10 second rule if you want! I have it on good authority that this makes a good drinking game too. But even though this was suggested by my old room mate from uni, I'm far to old now to be able to comment on whether it does!

8. Don't say it

This is another one where you might have to change the game to "Say it!!" It's a similar game to Taboo!

9. Pass the bomb junior

I love the older version of this which has letter combos on the cards which you have to think of words with the letter combo in them. The Junior version has a picture like "things you find in the garden." This one needs batteries!

10. Tell-a-tale

Another narrative game to tell stories - it also has dice in it and there are lots of different themes available. 

So that's my top ten! I'd love to hear if I've missed anyone - Blimey, I think that's the first time I have ever recommended games that do not involve Orchard Toys!! They'd make great Christmas presents for older children whose parents need ideas for non-computery activities! So feel free to share!