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Here's one of my favourite communication games that's easy to set-up and use straight away.
Write on a piece of paper a number from one to ten, place in a hat and ask students to draw a number.
Without speaking, writing or showing their number to anyone else and not holding their up fingers, ask them line up in numerical order from 1-10.
People will probably stand around looking confused, so after a while you could give a few hints by tapping your foot or fingers, blinking, jumping up and down, snapping fingers etc.
When the activity finishes, ask:
- how difficult it was with out being able to speak or write?
- Could they think of other ways we might communicate?
- Make a list of things people do to communicate with others eg. sign language, body language, facial expressions, body movement, written language, pictures & drawings, text etc.
Then ask the group to consider what it must be like for people to communicate if they have a disability which might make it difficult to share thoughts and feelings.
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