Here are a variety of games that are useful when working with children with Selective Mutism. The first step is to identify where the child is at in their talking with a particular adult and choose a game accordingly. Remember don't move onto more verbally challenging games until the child is completely comfortable at the current level.


If a child is able to say sentences in front of their keyworker but they need structure in terms of what to say then 'Happy Families', 'Go Fish' or 'Guess Who?' are good options as there is a clear 'script' with these games.

Once the child is comfortable with these games then you can move onto games whereby there is slightly less structure but the child still 'knows' what they need to say - games like 'What's Up?',  'Don't Say It', 'Pass the Bomb', 'Monopoly' and 'Blink' are good options.

Once the child is comfortable with these games then you can move onto less structured games like 'Tell Tale' (where the child comes up with a story using picture cards as cues) and then conversation based games like 'Speakers Box', 'Conversation Cubes' or 'What would you do?' whereby they start to say their own opinion and 'Dobble'.

Here are some other games that I have found to be effective for younger children:

These are some  games that I have found effective - of course there are a mass of games available; if you have found a particular game useful please let me know here! 

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