First of all, who doesn’t enjoy this classic game? It has always been a family favorite of mine! Did anyone else have a crush on Charles as a kid? Or, was that just me? Mustache and all–he was definitely my favorite character.
Guess Who? covers asking and answering questions, grammar, social skills (being a good sport,) descriptive vocabulary, and overall speech intelligibility.
The newer versions of Guess Who? have improved in look and function over the years and some versions even come with multiple game boards and electronic answer buttons. The alien game board (in one of the newer versions) is probably my favorite to use in therapy. My clients love sorting through all the various creature characters.
Guess Who? is also fun to play in pairs. For kids younger than kindergarten, it is a little tricky to understand some of the concepts on their own, but when you play in teams–older children or adults can assist the younger players. The best thing about Guess Who? is how it targets so many different speech-language and social skills. You can just sit back and enjoy playing the game without even realizing how much you are helping enhance your child’s communication. Guess Who should be ordering this game right about now for your family? YOU! See what I did there?
To work on grammar, have your child ask questions using grammatically correct and complete sentences. They may need some help at first. I like to model with the starter phrase, “Does your person have ______?” You can use this starter for most of the questions in the game.
Many children have a hard time coming up with questions to ask. This game helps them think about what they are going to ask and then generate the correct wording. Children have to get creative with how they ask questions, as well. You can only provide yes/no responses, so they have to learn how to phrase their questions in a yes/no format.
Playing games is a fun, simple way to practice social communication. Guess Who? requires taking turns, looking at your communication partner, being a good sport, and demonstrating emotional control when they are not “winning.”
Have your child practice adding adjectives to their questions to describe the characters. For example, “Does your person have STRIKING blue eyes?” “Is your person a FIERCE and INDEPENDENT woman?” “Do you think Charles is single?” (okay kidding on that last one) But, you get the idea.
If your child is difficult to understand at times, have them ask questions using a slow rate of speech while producing as many correct sounds in words as they can. Practicing good habits helps deliver clear speech.
And that’s a wrap on Guess Who?
Guess who’s on her way to the kitchen for more coffee? (I couldn’t resist)
I have three main versions posted below, but wowzas are there tons of choices. You can search them here.
The one I have is the electronic version (It’s a bit pricier than the other versions)