Back to School Barrier Games Speech Therapy – Speaking and Listening Skills

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Barrier games for speech therapy! Use this flexible therapy tool to work on many language goals in an engaging, interactive way! They work exceptionally well for mixed groups, to generalize concepts, and social skills groups!

Number of pages: 14


Back to School speech therapy activities with relevant vocabulary! Are you looking for a way to simplify your therapy planning? Do you need a resource that seamlessly adapts to mixed groups, individual sessions, or social skills groups? Barrier games are just what you need!

Enhance your speech therapy toolkit with barrier games! This printable activity is designed to elevate speaking and listening skills in speech therapy, ESL classes, special education, and beyond. Barrier games address a common challenge many SLPs face: finding adaptable materials that cater to diverse learning needs and objectives.

Barrier games are a therapy tool that transforms the way you approach language goals, making learning an interactive and enjoyable experience for students. Perfect for mixed groups, helping to generalize concepts, and works great in social skills groups.

With a focus on both expressive and receptive skills, these barrier games aid in developing crucial speaking and listening skills like giving and following directions. It’s an engaging way to enhance social skills, basic concepts, vocabulary, categorization, sentence formation, and storytelling. 

➜ Want to streamline therapy planning?
➜ Want to utilize more open-ended materials that can be used to work on multiple goal areas?
➜ Need resources for mixed groups, individual sessions, or social skills groups?


  • Classroom Scene with 15 separate pieces
  • Playground Scene with 13 separate pieces
  • List of directions to give with each scene (targeting concepts below)
  • Black and white versions for an ink-saving option



  • Vocabulary
  • Adjectives: e.g. colors, size
  • Spatial concepts: e.g. on, in, under, below, next to, between
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Sequential directions: e.g. Before you put the pencil on the desk, put the backpack on the ground.
  • Social skills: e.g. Making eye contact to give/receive instructions and asking questions to clarify instructions.



Give everyone playing a scene and set of pieces. Set up a barrier between players (e.g. file folder). One person (clinician or student) arranges all their pieces on the scene and then gives directions to other player(s) on where to place the items. The purpose of the game is to have matching scenes at the end.

You can put sticky tack on each piece so it will stick to the scene – or simply just place on the scene. Barrier games are also commonly played on a magnetic surface. You can play on cookie sheets and place pieces on a thin, sticky magnet if you wish.

Grab even more barrier games when you purchase the Barrier Games Mega BundleWith over 20 barrier games included, you’ll get fun and exciting themes for the school year.




⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I use this for all of my kids- from the ASD units at my middle school, to my pre-k language groups. It’s fantastic!”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Barrier games are a great way to work on expanding language skills. Uses vocabulary that is relevant to our students.”




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1 review for Back to School Barrier Games Speech Therapy – Speaking and Listening Skills

  1. Bridget W

    Students love these! We use the playground one to talk about OK and NOT OK behavior at recess. Great activities with lots of reproducibles to send home for carryover.

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