HedBanz is a therapy favorite! It targets adjectives, asking questions, describing, categories, expressive labels, speech sounds, and speech rate/intelligibility.
Grade school-aged children are the target audience for HedBanz, but if you get creative, younger kids will love it, too (I have a few ideas to help you out below.)
If you’ve never played, the premise of the game is to ask yes or no questions to figure out the cartoon on each other’s head. The first player to guess correctly wins.
HedBanz is my go-to game for kids working on expanding their vocabulary and describing skills. When I play the game, I have kids pick a card and then explain that picture by category, function (what the item does), and a couple of other details.
I try to help my clients use descriptive details, so the listener can easily guess what the picture is. For example, many of my kids will start describing a dog as an animal that has four legs. That isn’t wrong, but that doesn’t accurately describe what the animal is. So, we think about characteristics that are usually specific to a dog. Maybe a wagging tail, a collar, barking or licking their owners. Those clues are a bit more descriptive. The best part of this game is the headband! Kids love that their communication partner can’t see the picture on their headband. You can get a lot of speech-language work in with this game without it feeling like speech-language work. And, that’s a win in my book.
Other examples of how to use HedBanz:
- The cards come in various categories: animals, foods, and objects. Have a younger child sort the cards into different groups, then have him or her try and think of new (not pictured in the deck) “foods” or “animals” that could go into each category.
- I use these cards a lot (without the headband) to work on adjectives with grade school aged students. I will pick a card and have them think of one word that could be used to describe that card in the picture. So, if it is a picture of a “pillow” you could use words like “soft,” “white,” “fluffy,” “comfy,” “new,” or “small.” Really whatever makes sense for that picture
For younger children, you can use the cards specifically to target expressive vocabulary/labeling the picture. If that is too easy, then up the ante and have them give you one detail about the picture. It could be anything. Size, color, or function. Such as “blue car”’ or “loud puppy.”
- To target grammar, you could have your child speak in grammatically correct (and complete) sentences when he or she is describing the card. I also like to encourage kids to finish their thought (complete the sentence) before moving onto the next idea
- You can target speech and articulation by having your child speak slowly and work on pronouncing sounds they are working on while they are describing the different pictures
I’ve had my HedBanz for many years! Below are two types you could purchase: