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Social Skills Game:
Sticky Social Scenes

Of all the board games I’ve created and use with my high school students, this is the one borrowed most often by my fellow speech language pathologists and my school’s social workers and psychologists! This game is appropriate for both teenagers and adults, whether on the autism spectrum or neurotypical, because it involves the intricacies of everyday social situation dilemmas. The game consists of 30 awkward social situations, each with 3 variations, providing a total of 90 different scenarios for students to solve and discuss. Players take turns choosing a card, reading aloud the given awkward social situation, and then rolling a die to determine which variation gets added to the situation they must solve. The other players score the proposed solutions using a provided scoring key, and the scores’ total determines how many spaces on the board the situation solver moves. Game play naturally leads to discussion, and discussion effortlessly connects to real-life experiences! Sticky Social Scenes works on many pragmatic language abilities and general social skills including perspective taking, listener presupposition, analysis of contextual clues, decision-making, empathy, and awareness of social dynamics.
Game Contents:
Bifold game board including scoring key
36 situation cards (includes 6 blank for individualizing)
4 sets of 4 colored number sticks
4 colored pawns
1 die
We ordered the game Sticky Social Scenes for our special education high school. Our speech pathologists, social workers, and psychologists have been using this game with their students. They have raved about how useful the game has been in helping our students understand and communicate about pragmatic social situations. I have also played the game with students, and I found that Sticky Social Scenes is fun, easy to set up and play, and is great for facilitating conversations with students. This game is terrific for students on the autistic spectrum as well as neurotypical children. It is also a wonderful game for parents to play with their children at home.
John Renner
Director of The Summit School
Queens, New York

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