Mumble Jumble: A Social Conversation Game.
by Marjorie Mitlin, LICSW Fun, fast paced game teaches reciprocal conversation Players can relax and have fun while improving communication skills Introduce and reinforce non-verbal communication skills Helpful for children on the Autism Spectrum Reinforces social skills and teamwork For some kids, small talk is a big deal. Whether theyre shy, self-conscious, or experiencing the social and communication difficulties associated with Aspergers Syndrome, these kids are stumped when it comes to conversing comfortably with another person. Mumble Jumble gives children and teens a chance to "practice" conversation in a safe, structured, and often hilarious way. Working in teams, players attempt to create logical conversations from sets of unordered sentences (dialogue strips). The first team to come up with a sensible dialogue must then discuss it, explaining the mood of the conversation and what feelings are being expressed. Next, they must consider the nonverbal aspects of their conversation by acting it out”with appropriate emotional inflection, tone of voice, body language, eye contact, and facial expression. Detailed rules and a pad of scrambled conversations to use as follow-up homework are included. Fast-paced and fun, this game is a great way to teach reciprocal conversation. Kids relax and lose their self-consciousness because theyre playing in teams”and practicing with somebody elses words, not their own. Recommended for ages 9-16, 2 players, or two teams