Bananagrams is a word game where participants use letter tiles (similar to Scrabble) to spell and connect word sequences into huge crosswords.
Bananagrams is a fun and engaging option for targeting cognitive-communication skills in an individual or group session. The idea is to use 144 letter tiles to form words that connect together like a crossword puzzle. Again, just think of Scrabble without the board game. It travels easily and requires little set-up/ and few instructions. Throw in a few distractions (background noise for selective attention, verbal short term memory or spaced retrieval tasks with a timer, additional activities to shift/alternate attention) to increase the challenge.
Use Bananagrams to target cognitive-communication skills
#1) Reading Comprehension: Therapist uses letter tiles to arrange functional or personal words for patient to identify, spell or read
#2) Word Creation: Patient uses all letter tiles to spell as many words as he/she can within predetermined time limit
#3) Group Therapy: Participants use all letter tiles to spell as many words as he/she can (make it harder by narrowing it down to a category of words they are spelling) within predetermined time limit
#4) Sequencing: Patient uses letter tiles to sequence letters of the alphabet A-Z (I got this one from a co-worker!)
#5) Divergent Naming: Patient draws out predetermined # of letter tiles. Generates words beginning with the letter within predetermined time limit
- Sustained attention
- Divergent Thinking/ Brainstorming
- Social participation & Interaction
- Letter Identification
- Word level reading comprehension
- Word retrieval
- Motor Speech Intelligibility Strategies