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About Faces: the Card Game Where You Match Faces and Feelings. Childswork/Childsplay, $29.95 (ages 4 & up)

 Recognizing the feelings of others is a vital skill for all social interaction. Although words, tone of voice, and gestures are also important, the most reliable way to learn the feelings of others is through observing facial expressions. Many children, including those on the autism spectrum, have trouble “reading” facial expressions through observation. The ABOUT FACES CARD GAME includes 52 cards with faces representing thirteen different feelings. By practicing matching the feelings and the faces, children learn to read facial expressions, which is a critical social interaction skill. There are several ways to play the ABOUT FACES CARD GAME to help children recognize, express, and explore their feelings and the feelings of others.

Anger Alert! Listen to Your Body's Anger Warning Signs and Control Your Temper... Before It's Too Late! Max Nass & Marcia Nass, $65.95 (ages 7-12)

Some of us clench our fists; some tremble; others have the urge to throw something. All of us experience physical symptoms — warning signs — when anger is about to erupt. This clever card game introduces kids to these "anger alerts" and teaches 10 easy strategies they can use to calm down and retain their composure. As players race to get rid of their cards, they respond to anger-provoking situations. But before responding, they must invert an hourglass timer and wait 7 seconds. This delay reminds kids to stop and think before they act. An eye-catching poster displaying both anger warning signs and anger control strategies is included, along with four colorful sand timers. Includes Leader’s Introductory Guide; 1 Poster (Anger Warning Signs on one side, Anger Controls on the other side); 4 Impulse Control Timers; 50 Anger Spark Cards; 10 Anger Warning Sign Cards; and 6 Swap Cards. For 2 to 4 players.

Anger IQ. Franklin Learning Systems, $79.95

Learning anger control skills can help prevent bad decisions; however, direct knowledge of how anger affects the decision making process can give individuals an extremely useful tool to avoid mistakes. This board game educates players about these hazards and then helps them practice avoiding them by using principles for dealing with anger. Players learn to translate rehearsal of responsible decisions made under conditions of anger to the real world. This combined with the use of CBT and Social Learning Theory makes this particularly effective. Game includes a CD with a PowerPoint presentation that serves as a review of new anger research and an introduction to the game.

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Anger Solution Board Game: Teaches relaxation techniques and self-control. 2-4 players, $82.95 (ages 7 to 12); Anger Solution Card Game, $37.95

Angry Monster Machine: a game to teach kids how to express anger.  2-4 players, $82.95 (ages 5-10)

Any Game Cards. Max Nass & Marcia Nass, $36.95 (ages 6 and up)

The Any Game Cards package was developed for use with popular games. Simply add in these one sentence cards to any game to make the game into a therapeutic tool for young children. There are six different card sets featuring relevant questions about Bullying; Social Skills; Self Esteem; Character Development and Health. Clinicians can also use the cards as a tool for opening up discussion in individual or group sessions.

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Aware Aardvark: Be Safe, Be Aware & Be Alert. Donna McGoff, $29.95 (ages 6-13)

Aware Aardvark is a card game that is easy to learn. It is designed to teach kids how to become more responsible, make better decisions, and develop greater personal awareness when finding themselves in situations that can compromise safety. Learning these skills enhances confidence and empowers kids. The game includes 96 cards, 12 blank cards (to create your own cards), directions, and a sturdy storage box.

  • Engaging game that teaches children to be safe, aware, & alert
  • Encourages being responsible & making good decisions
  • Engaging activity for ages 6-13
  • Useful for counselors, parents, and teachers
  • Developed by a child therapist

Blurt It Out! The "Say What You Think" Sentence Completion Game. Thor Johansen, $44.95 (ages 6-14, 2-4 players)

Children will find this game to be a fun and pleasurable way to learn about themselves, as they learn how to express themselves. This engaging game allows therapists and counselors to assess psychological processes quickly and effectively in a playful and non-threatening way, while helping the child to increase self-awareness and self-understanding. Together, game participants will find new ways to solve problems, identify their emotions, and communicate effectively. The game includes four feelings decks, and two bonus decks. Therapists and counselors have considerable flexibility in how they use these decks. Blank cards, directions, suggestions for use, die, a bag of chips, and a sturdy storage box are included. 

  • Useful for assessment & intervention
  • Four feelings decks: Happiness, Anger, Anxiety, & Sadness
  • Two bonus decks: Exploring Bullying & Exploring Divorce
  • Developed by a child psychologist

Boundaries Baseball®. Franklin Learning Systems, $77.95 (for 2-6 players; grades 1-4)

Players have a great time playing baseball  as they learn to understand and respect boundaries.

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Brain Boosters for Groups In a Jar®. Susan Ragsdale & Ann Saylor, $16.99 (ages 12 & up)

101 active games to encourage brain development and team building in classrooms, advisory groups, after-school programs, teams, and youth groups.

Bridge Over Worried Waters  Franklin Leaning Systems, $51.95 Grades 1-8

Anxiety affects normal day-to-day activities and causes considerable emotional and physical distress as well as impaired academic and social functioning.  The recommended treatment approach for anxiety is overwhelmingly Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  CBT helps children learn to handle their fears and worries by modifying the ways they think and behave.  Techniques included in CBT are relaxation, positive self-talk and coping behaviors.  Bridge Over Worried Waters is essentially a CBT program in a box that incorporates all of these techniques.

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Bully Safe. Franklin Leaning Systems, $36.95 Grades 5-8

Bully Safe is an educational card game that teaches a systems approach to reducing bullying behavior. 

The Choices Game: Staying Safe in Social Situations. Christopher McMaster, $46.95

This fun, interactive game teaches vulnerable young people how to make positive choices and develop the social skills they need to stay safe in school and in the wider community.

The Chronic Illness Game. Isabelle Streng & A.M. Stradmeijer, $81.95 (ages 6 to 16)

The Chronic Illness Game facilitates the improvement of social skills and coping strategies in children with a chronic illness who often suffer from impaired psychological and social development. The goal of the game is to achieve sharing and understanding of the isolation and the painful and complex feelings experienced by children with a chronic medical condition. Based on an integrative psychotherapy model, it incorporates systemic and cognitive-behavioural orientations and should be facilitated by a health or mental health professional (who may participate as a co-player) and is intended for use with groups of up to six players — with families or individuals.

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Circle of Friends: a Fun Game That Shows You How to Make-and Keep-Friends. 2-6 players, $82.95 (ages 5-12)

Kids learn friendship-building skills such as listening, patience and paying attention, and how to deal with various friendship issues, such as teasing, bullies, jealousy, anger and more.

Consequences Board Game. $39.95 (2-4 players; ages 3 and up)

The game of CONSEQUENCES is a fun way to introduce or reinforce the idea that there are consequences for all actions and behavior. Each card has an everyday task or behavior that results in a forward or backward move. Follow the colorful stone path to the park, take a ride on the slide, go for ice cream, and end at Waterland!

The Coping Game: a Recovery Activity for Better Mental Health, Revised Edition. $79.95 (ages 16 and up)

This engaging game encourages those recovering from mental illness to recognize stressors and warning signs of negative symptoms, and identify specific coping strategies and behaviors that reduce stress and encourage wellness. The game reinforces healthy lifestyles with the use of humor and peer interaction

As players move along the path they may be directed to emergency services, the doctor's office, drug & alcohol rehab, a support group, or nature walk.

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Don’t Be Difficult.  2-6 players, $82.95 (ages 7-12)

A game to help children consider the consequences of both positive and negative choices.

Dr. PlayWell’s Coping with Stress Card Game. 2-4 players, $36.95 (ages 6-12)

This fun-filled game teaches children how to handle stress using well-researched stress reduction techniques that include: Deep Breathing & Muscle Relaxation; Visualization; Self-Talk; and Creating a Healthy Lifestyle.

Other Dr. PlayWell card games include:

Caring About Others Card Game; Communicating Feelings Card Game; Controlling Anger Card Game; Dr. PlayWell’s Positive Thinking Card Game. For 2-4 players (ages 6-12)

Dr. PlayWell's Worry Less Game. 2-4 players, $82.95 (ages 5-12)

This game can help children with fears and anxiety disorders, and it can also be used as a prevention tool. As players try to capture the Worry Monsters, they learn important steps for dealing with persistent worry such as identifying feelings, self-calming, making positive self-statements, changing negative thoughts, planning, coping with difficult feelings, and self-monitoring.

Also: Dr. PlayWell's Game of Self-Control; Dr. PlayWell's Don’t Pick On Me Game; Dr. Playwell’s Don’t Stress Game; Dr. Playwell’s Best Behavior Game; Dr. Playwell’s Think Positive Game (ages 5-12)

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The Emotional Intelligence Game™. Franklin Learning Systems, $59.95 (2-5 players; Grades 2-8)

Emotional intelligence is the ability to handle one's own emotions and to read and respond to others' emotions in ways that create positive relationships. Research tells us that emotional intelligence may have more to do with life success than cognitive intelligence or academic performance. Mental health professionals agree that it is a protective/resiliency factor against depression, anxiety, anti-social behaviors and drug/alcohol dependence.  

There are two versions of the game and corresponding sets of rules, competitive and cooperative.  The game utilizes the techniques of both CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) and social learning theory to help the players build their emotional intelligence.

Escape from Anger Island® Franklin Learning Systems, $829.95 (Grades 1-5)

It is difficult to teach children anger management skills, but it can be done with patience and practice. Escape from Anger Island™ includes a reproducible Anger Management Checklist and a Skills Record (to keep track of which players have practiced which skills), and a facilitator booklet with complete lesson plans, suggested activities for practice between sessions, and questions for discussion. Escape from Anger Island® is a fun and inventive way to help kids learn about anger.

Expressionary! A Guessing Game Using Words, Movements, and Sketches, Revised Edition. $83.95 (ages 12-17)

Expressionary! is a game for teens and adults about feelings — what situations bring them up and the many different ways they can be expressed. Whether through words or non-verbally through movement and drawings, Expressionary! makes it easy and fun for players to express their feelings and thoughts. The object of the game is to have the highest number of tokens through correctly guessing other player's expressions, and being able to effectively communicate with others. The game is a must-have for every educator's, therapist's, or family's game collection! 4-12 players. Ages: 12 through adult.

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Feelings Fair®. Franklin Learning Systems, $82.95 (Grades 1 – 5)

Feelings Fair® is a new board game specifically designed to give students important skills for recognizing feelings in themselves and others, expressing feelings in a mature way, and handling difficult situations that involve strong or negative feelings. The game box contains two sets of Solving Problem Cards (one for grades 1 and 2, and one for grades 3 - 5).

Feelings FLASHCARDS. Todd Parr, $21.99

A great way for kids to share — and learn about — all kinds of emotions.

Feelings In a Jar® - A Fun Game for All Ages for Endless Play & Interaction. Deborah Jiang Stein, $14.99 (ages 8 & up)

More Feelings In a Jar®. Deborah Jiang Stein, $14.99 (ages 8 & up)

Everyone needs to know how to name and express feelings. Each jar holds 101 little cards printed with “feelings words” — gleeful, insecure, grateful, angry, cranky, courageous, hopeful, and many more. Explore expressing feelings by discussing what it means to be defiant, compassionate, glum, bold, jovial, and many more usual and unusual feelings.. Pull out a slip and act out the feeling, or invite someone else to act it out. Use as discussion starters, journaling prompts, or icebreakers for groups.

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Figure Me Out Board Game: a Game to Help Children Learn about Others. Childs Work/Childs Play, $82.95 (ages 6-12)

This develops social skills by helping children learn to gather information about others and share information about themselves. Children take turns assuming the role of a reporter, getting to the bottom of a story by using Who, What, When, Where, and How questions to figure out what another player is thinking. These conversational skills are used to teach children how to begin and maintain an interesting conversation. A variety of topics (a hobby that interests me, a movie I saw recently, my favorite season, etc.) are used to generate ideas, or stories, for the players to figure out. The object of the game is to complete a full circuit of the game board and file your story by the deadline. Designed for children with Asperger Syndrome in mind.

Friendship Explorers®. Franklin Learning Systems, $34.50, Grades 1–7    

Friendship Explorers® is a cooperative game that helps players understand similarities and respect differences.  Players answer open-ended questions to earn pieces to a 9” x 21” jigsaw puzzle map of the world.  Everyone wins when the puzzle (see below) is completed.  This game will help build a community that fosters honesty, acceptance, and mutual respect.  

Friendship Island®. Franklin Learning Systems, $82.95 (for 2-6 players; grades 1-4)

Social skills needed for positive peer relations are some of the most important skills to be learned during elementary school years. Friendship Island® is an educational game specifically designed to teach these skills to students. The game focuses on the three vital areas of friendship: making friends, being a good friend and resolving disagreements in a win-win way.

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Furious Fred® Franklin Learning Systems, $82.95 (Grades 2-5)

This educational board game designed to teach important concepts and practical skills for controlling anger and avoiding violence. Fred is a student who in the past has been quick to get angry and quick to try to get back at others with screaming, threats, pushing, and hitting. Players earn points by giving Fred good advice on how to deal with frustrating and anger provoking situations, both at school and at home.

Girl Games: Five Fun Card Games for Girls Grades 5-12 That Teach Important Social Skills. Trice Black, $29.95

The 5 games in this colourful deck are fun and easy to play. Cards include different topics with thought-provoking questions that can help facilitate meaningful discussions. Each card game focuses on one aspect of bullying or relational aggression such as:

Respect, Safety, Lying, Gossip, Bullying, Rumors, Self-Improvement, Body Image, Pride, Emotions & Communication, Conflicts, Listening, Patience and more

Go Fish Card Games. Franklin Learning Systems, $23.95 Each

Play-2-Learn GO FISH® play like classic Go Fish. There are two decks of 50 cards in each game — one for grades K-2 and the other for grades 3-5. The games differ from classic Go Fish in that players must answer a question before they can accept a requested card. Instead of the usual number and picture cards, the cards have fun pictures of fish and fish names. For example, a player may ask, "Do you have any Henry Herrings?"  If the player receives a Henry Herring card, the player reads the question on the card aloud and answers it. All questions are open ended. If the player did not have any Henry Herrings, the player would say, "go fish," and then the first player would take a card form the "ocean" (extra cards in the center of the table). Each game also comes with a rules sheet and facilitator guidelines.

Play-2-Learn GO FISH® games are $23.95 each:

Go FISH: Anchor Your Stress 
Go FISH: Beware of Bully Bait 
Go FISH: Cast Away Conflict 
Go FISH: Catch and Release Your Anger
Go FISH: Catch Good Character
Go FISH: Fishing for Feelings
Go FISH: Hooked on Friendship
Go FISH: Manners are a Good Catch
Go FISH: New Fish in School
Go FISH: Reel in Responsibility
Go FISH: School of Success
Go FISH: Stream of Self-Esteem
Go FISH: Swimming Toward Self-Control 

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Helping, Sharing and Caring Board Game:  a game to promote communication and social skills.  2-6 players, $82.95 (ages 4-11)

Helping, Sharing and Caring Card Game. $33.95

Hidden Rules in the Classroom Card Game: a Game That Teaches Everyday Social Skills. Lawrence Shapiro, $36.95 (ages 6-12)

Hidden Rules in the Community Card Game: a Game That Teaches Everyday Social Skills. Lawrence Shapiro, $36.95 (ages 6-12)

Hidden Rules with Friends Card Game: a Game That Teaches Everyday Social Skills. Lawrence Shapiro, $36.95 (ages 6-12)

Hidden Rules: a Game That Teaches Everyday Social Skills. Lawrence Shapiro, $36.95 (ages 6-12)

Hidden Rules (or Hidden Curriculum) is a term used to describe unwritten social rules and behaviors that most of us seem to know without ever being taught, such as respecting those in a position of authority, acknowledging others' personal space, speaking at an appropriate volume, paying attention to body language, and more. These fun card games will help children learn and practice 40 hidden rules in classroom situations. 2-8 players

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How Do You Feel? A Facial Expression Puzzle Game. $14.95 (ages 3 and up)

How is the child in the photo feeling? Search and find the pieces to show the same expression! Not only will this game increase visual discrimination skills, it is a great tool for talking about feelings. How Do You Feel can be enjoyed as a solitary matching activity or played as a game with two to five children.

I am Special: the Board Game. Peter Vermeulen, $140.00 (ages 10 and up)

Offering a playful and engaging way to encourage young people, especially those on the autism spectrum, to think about themselves and their wider environment, this cooperative board game is perfect for working with groups of children and young adults with autism of all ages.

Each player works to create their own cartoon figure, emphasising how everyone is unique, and the figure includes elements that shows both how they look from the outside, and their inner characteristics. Games typically last around an hour, and discussion points are provided afterwards, to open conversation about their character, and about the nature of autism.

I Feel Angry When... the Game That Teaches Kids How to Keep Their Cool Using I-Messages and Anger Control Strategies. Donna McGoff, $54.95 (ages 6-12)

When children get angry, we often tell them, “Use your words”. That’s good advice as far as it goes. But it’s effective only if youngsters know how to translate feelings into words. This appealing game presents a tried-and-true template for expressing anger — an easy verbal formula that children can use whenever their emotions flare. As they respond to anger-provoking situations described on game cards, players learn how to use I-Messages to communicate their feelings in a calm, nonthreatening way. By structuring statements in a specific pattern, children discover that they can communicate anger without accusing others. They also learn 12 anger control strategies that help them retain their composure in the moment anger erupts. Simple and straightforward, this game gives children the skills they need to keep their cool. For 2-6 players.

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The Impulse Control Game™. Franklin Learning Systems, $82.95 (Grades 2 – 7)

The Impulse Control Game™ is an educational and therapeutic board game designed to help young people with ADD, ADHD, and other conditions involving impulse control problems. The game box includes a teacher booklet with complete lesson plans, suggested one-on-one coaching activities, a list of activities to give to parents that will help them reinforce the skills learned in the game, references to the studies that demonstrate the efficacy of the skills in the game, and suggestions for further reading.

Journey to Friendsville™ Franklin Learning Systems, $79.95 (Grades 1-5)

Board games are a very effective way to teach social skills, but many counselors do not have the time to play a traditional board game with their clients. Journey to Friendsville™ is designed with the busy counselor in mind. Kids learn social skills and how to develop rewarding friendships in 15 minute increments as they journey on the game board towards the town of Friendsville. There are five skills in total, and one skill is the focus of each 15 minute session. Kids can play multiple times to learn all five skills.

Let's Make Friends Card Game. Max Nass & Marcia Nass, $26.50 (Grades K-6)

Friendship making skills will resonate throughout a child's lifetime as a basic human need. Let's Make Friends teaches children how to develop relationships with peers in which they feel liked respected and valued. The main categories of this fun-filled card game contain the most important skills to making and keeping friends.

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Lifeskills Card Decks for Adults. $154.95

Six topics, 72 insight-oriented cards! Each deck is carefully designed to promote skill building. Whether used with a group or an individual, these cards are sure to start a thought-provoking discussion. Instruction sheets included. Set includes 1 each of the following titles:

  • Activities of Daily Living This card deck is designed for people who want to explore life activities, as well as get support and new ideas about daily life activities. Some of the topics include personal hygiene, grooming and appearance, sleep and rest, care of ourselves and others, financial management, meals, household management, and safety. Players can be anyone who would benefit from exploring or who is interested in the topic of daily life skills.
  • Building Healthy Supports This card deck is designed for people who want to explore how to build healthy supports - both by being supported and supportive. Some of the topics include the importance of support, how to find and keep support, and how to be supportive. Anyone can play who is interested in the topic or who might benefit from an improved or expanded support system.
  • Social Situations This card deck is designed for people who want to explore issues common to challenging social situations. These hypothetical situations might be familiar or unfamiliar, realistic or far-fetched, but all scenarios will provide learning opportunities when, at the conclusion, they ask the question, "What do you do?" Situations include a variety of people — ranging from neighbors and acquaintances to family and friends. Players can be anyone involved in social situations.
  • Who Am I? Warm Ups This card deck is designed for people who want to get to know each other in a non-threatening environment. The topics are light and of a non-confidential nature; they are not deep and personal. These cards are appropriate if a group leaders wants to develop rapport and a safe environment with group members and/or if group members do not know each other and basic trust needs to be established. Three areas are explored: things from the past, what is happening in the present, and what might happen in the future.
  • Healthy Body Healthy Mind This card deck is designed for people who want to explore the connection between having a healthy body and healthy mind, and related issues. A wide variety of topics are explored including eating, values regarding health, faith, relaxation, exercise and activities, substances, anxiety, depression, risk-taking, healthcare teams, etc. Players can be anyone who wants to explore this interesting topic.
  • Managing a Mental Illness This card deck is designed for people who want to explore the issues common to consumers of mental health services and their families. Some of the topics include knowledge of diagnoses, common obstacles, feelings of hope and empowerment, symptoms, how to access help, coping skills, medications and members of the healthcare team. Players can be clients who have been diagnosed for a while or newly diagnosed individuals.

Listening Counts® Franklin Learning Systems, $69.95 (Grades 1-4)

Listening Counts® is a new educational game that teaches six basic listening skills to elementary school students. Players learn skills that will help them be better listeners at home, with friends, and in the classroom. Skills include remembering to make good eye contact, avoiding interrupting, and interpreting body language correctly.

My Feelings: Exploring Emotions through Fun, Active Play! Sensational Learners Inc., $34.95

This inspirational game encourages children ages four and up, to explore emotions in fun, active (and sometimes very silly) ways. The game features seven basic feelings that players will first identify, then explore by drawing cards. As they play, children will discover how to recognize feelings in themselves and in others, and to cope with them in socially appropriate ways.

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No More Bullies: Learn how to deal with bullies.  2-4 players, $67.95 (ages 5-12) 

No More Meltdowns Game. ChildsWork ChildsPlay, $44.95 (ages 6-12)

This interactive tool is designed to establish steady communication about mood changes between a child with Asperger's Syndrome and a parent, teacher, or therapist so that meltdowns can be avoided. The goal of the game is to recognize the connection between patterns of daily behavior and emotions. When the child and adult begin to understand the emotions that precede a meltdown, they can learn to stop the behavior before it starts. For one child and one adult.

The Obesity Game. Isabelle Streng & A.M. Stradmeijer, $104.95 (ages 6 to 16)

The Obesity Game is a therapeutic board game for overweight children and adolescents devised to identify and change behavioural eating and exercise patterns and to facilitate the understanding and disclosure of the complex feelings these children experience.

Based on an integrative psychotherapy model, it incorporates psycho-education and systemic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic orientations. The game should be facilitated by a health or mental health professional (who may participate as a co-player) and is intended to be used with groups, although it may also be used with individuals. It can be tailored to the pace of the treatment process. The recommended age range for participants is 6 to 16 years, but the game can be adapted for working with older adolescents or adults.

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Out of Your Mind Game™. Franklin Learning Systems, $82.95 (Gr. 1 to Adult)

Players will enhance their communication, listening, and decision making skills. The game helps players to improve their ability to understand others and experience empathy. Activities are designed to make sure that all this takes place in an atmosphere that is emotionally safe and supportive.

This non-competitive game has two sets of winners: the counselor or therapist wins by drawing important information out of the players’ minds, and the players win by learning important social skills.

Play-2-Learn Dominoes™ - Feelings Fun. Franklin Learning Systems, $35.95 (2-5 players; Grades 1-5)

In this new game, players have fun playing dominoes while learning how to express positive and negative feelings appropriately, recognize feelings, and care about the feelings of others.

Play-2-Learn Dominoes™ - Bully Wise. Franklin Learning Systems, $38.95 (2-5 players; Grades 1-5)

Players learn how all kids can work to reduce bullying and violence.

Play-2-Learn Dominoes™ - Anger Control. Franklin Learning Systems, $36.95 (2-5 players; Grades 1-5)

Players have fun playing dominoes while learning to manage their anger and problem-solve in a thoughtful, assertive, and respectful way.

Play-2-Learn Dominoes™ - Friendship. Franklin Learning Systems, $38.95 (2-5 players; Grades 1-5)

In this new game, players have fun playing dominoes while learning how to make new friends, be a good friend, and resolve conflicts in a win-win way.

Play-2-Learn Dominoes - CyberSmart. Franklin Leaning Systems, $36.95 (2-5 players; Grades 3-7)

Play-2-Learn Dominoes —CyberSmart is an educational domino game designed to teach young people how to navigate the dangerous waters of the Internet, including wireless devices such as cell phones, PDA's, and MP3 players. Major topics covered include Internet predators, Internet bullying, scams, viruses, and the practice of pro-social Internet behavior. 

Play-2-Learn Dominoes - Character Strength. Franklin Learning Systems, $34.95 (2-5 players; Grades 2-8)

Based on the dynamic field of positive psychology, Play-2-Learn Dominoes — Character Strength is based on the concepts of the new field of positive psychology. Designed to build strong character in kids, the strengths emphasized in this game are kindness, self control, forgiveness, modesty, leadership, and social intelligence. 

Play-2-Learn Dominoes™ - Conflict Cruncher. Franklin Learning Systems, $38.95 (2-5 players; Grades 1-5)

CONFLICT CRUNCHER is a game designed to give kids the knowledge and skills they need to resolve conflict in a non-violent, win-win way. 

Play-2-Learn Dominoes™ - Empathy Counts. Franklin Learning Systems, $34.95 (2-5 players; Grades 2-8)

Players have fun playing dominoes as they learn how to consider the feelings of others and demonstrate empathy.. 

Play-2-Learn Dominoes™ - Building Character. Franklin Learning Systems, $38.95 (2-5 players; Grades 2-8)

Players learn how to build character in five important areas — respect, honesty, caring, responsibility and fairness.

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Problem-Solving Photo Scenes. Mary Pitti & Elizabeth Begley, $73.95 (all ages)

Improve recall, problem-solving and reasoning skills with these realistic photo scenes and question prompts. Common problem situations that clients face are represented in these 75 realistic full-color photo scenes. The problems depicted are those found in the home and community along with safety-specific situations. PROBLEM-SOLVING PHOTO SCENES includes reproducible record-keeping forms and feature:

  • New, realistic photo scenes
  • Technology related situations
  • Questions that enhance recall as well as a range of cognitive skills

You'll want these cards for your individual or group therapy for clients along the age and disability continuum. Five easy-to-use critical thinking questions are printed on the reverse side of each photo card. These questions prompt your clients to identify problems, consider alternatives, determine solutions, and describe how the problem relates to their life experiences. The questions vary in difficulty, making them ideal for use with a wide range of clients. Modify the questions to match the different cognitive levels of each client.

Remote Control Anger Control. Franklin Leaning Systems, $40.95 Grades 2–5 & 6–9

The Remote Control Anger Control™ game is a set of four card games that focuses on three essential skills for controlling anger:

  • PAUSE and identify additional feelings
  • REWIND and learn from past mistakes
  • FAST FORWARD and think ahead about potential consequences

The game uses these remote control symbols to facilitate learning the skills. There are both competitive and cooperative versions for grades 1–5 and for grades 6–9. 

Remote Control Impulse Control. Franklin Leaning Systems, $36.50 Grades 2–5 & 6–9

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The Self-Control Game. Berthold Berg, $77.95 (2-6 players, ages 8 and up)

The Self-Control Game by Berthold Berg teaches children ages 8 and up how to exercise self-control in academic and social surroundings. The game addresses 24 specific traits and behaviors classified as impulsive, inattentive, or hyperactive. As they move around the game board and respond to questions on game cards, players learn how to change maladaptive behavior. A Children's Behavior Control Inventory (included) helps you select game cards that focus on a given child's particular needs. This game is an ideal way to apply cognitive-behavioral techniques to impulsive or hyperactive behavior. If you treat children who daydream, fidget, or act without thinking, try The Self-Control Game.

The Self Control Patrol Game. Childswork/Childsplay, $79.95 (2-6 players, ages 8 to 14)

Developed by a child psychologist, this game helps children develop better listening skills, read social cues, understand the consequences of their behavior, learn to express themselves appropriately, deal with name-calling and teasing, and use humor to defuse conflict. This game is ideal for children who are dealing with anger.

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Should I or Shouldn't I? A Game to Encourage Social Thinking and Social Problem Solving. Dominique Baudry, $39.95 (Elementary School Edition)

SHOULD I OR SHOULDN’T I — ELEMENTARY EDITION is a fun way for children to explore a variety of social behaviors from other people’s perspectives. Players think about their own responses to various situations posed on Prompt and Challenge cards, rate them on a 5-point scale, and then learn how their choices match up (or don’t) with those of the other players. Questions address a wide variety of age-related situations at school, at home, at a friend’s home, and in community settings.

Should I or Shouldn't I? A Game to Encourage Social Thinking and Social Problem Solving! Dominique Baudry, $38.95 (Middle & High School Edition)

This adaptable game encourages players to think about their own behavior choices and then compare how their perceptions match (or don’t) those of the other players. It revolves around the idea of perspective taking — being able to think about others, their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how this interrelationship plays out in social situations. The game is based on the Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary introduced by Michelle Garcia Winner and outlined in her many books and articles on the topic.

Should I or Shouldn't I? Elementary School Edition Expansion Pack. Dominique Baudry, $25.95

Should I or Shouldn't I? Middle & High School Edition Expansion Pack. Dominique Baudry, $25.95

Double your playing fun with the Should I or Shouldn't I? Expansion Packs! This product is an add-on to the original Should I or Shouldn’t I™ games. In the game, players ages rate a behavior in a particular context on a scale based on whether the behavior was expected or not, and then compare how their perceptions match (or don’t) to those of the other players. Teachers, clinicians, and families have been playing this game so often that they've gone through all the playing cards and have been asking for more. Well — we listened!

Each expansion pack includes 300 new situations that cover various age-related topics encountered at school, home, and in the community. Add the new cards to your existing game decks or use them on their own to prompt deep discussion and learning on perspective taking, self-awareness, and executive functioning.

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Smart Sharks: Life Skills Card Games. Franklin Learning Systems, $21.95 each

SMART SHARKS is a series of card games based on the popular card game 21. In this challenging and fun game, players learn key skills while they try to get as close to 21 as possible without going over. These games use six different “smart” sharks to deliver the skill sets in an effective way that middle-school kids can relate to. The scenario-based cards represent the typical issues faced by middle school students on a daily basis. Each shark represents a different skill set: stress, anger, leadership, resilience, social networking, and conflict resolution. These games are a must have for middle-school aged children trying to deal with the demands of their peer group and challenges in school and after-school activities.

Smart Sharks: The Art of the Deal (Conflict Resolution Tips)

Smart Sharks: Dive Into New Waters (New Kid Survival Guide)

Smart Sharks: Dive into Social Networking (“Netiquette” Essentials)

Smart Sharks: Don't Drown In Drama (Middle School Challenges)

Smart Sharks: Hang in There (Lessons in Resiliency & Adaptability)

Smart Sharks: Leadership — It’s Not for Guppies (Lessons in Leadership)

Smart Sharks: Stress Can Mess with You (Stress Management Tips)

Smart Sharks: Take a Chomp Out of Anger (Strategies to Keep Your Cool)


Social Skills Board Games. Smart Kids, $49.95

There are no right or wrong answers in these six unique board games! Each game has players discuss the solutions to socially challenging situations. Together the group decides upon the best action encouraging all players to communicate, listen and participate in the game. Ideal for use in small groups, these games will encourage your students to work together as they learn to improve their social skills. The games target six important issues that students often struggle with:

  • Morals
  • Manners
  • Showing Emotions
  • Managing Emotions
  • Empathy
  • Friendship

Contains six game boards, 24 counters, one die, and one spinner.

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Social Smarts: a Play-2-Learn Matching Game. Franklin Learning Systems, $57.95 Grades 2-6

This matching game helps players improve their social and communication skills. As they respond to examples of positive and negative thoughts, kids learn to solve problems and make decisions.

Splitsville. Franklin Leaning Systems, $51.95 Grades 1-6

Children are faced with many challenges when parents separate/divorce.  Splitsville introduces children to the skills they will need to successfully navigate a parental separation. 

Stay Positive In a Jar® Tips, Quotes, and Questions to Spark Upbeat Thoughts and Attitudes. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (all ages)

Boost positive thoughts and attitudes in kids (and adults!) of all ages with these uplifting reflections, prompts, tips, and quotes. Use the cards as a jumping-off point for conversation and contemplation on positive thinking and for taking positive action in big and small ways.

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Stop Being So Mean! Board Game. ChildsWork ChildsPlay, $74.95 (ages  5-10)

In this game of cooperation, children learn to recognize when they are being mean to others and how to stop it. They also learn how to respond when others are mean to them. The players work together as a team to gather more tokens than the Mean Dragon collects. No one knows whether "meanness" or "kindness" will win out until the game ends and the tokens are counted.

Stop Relax & Think:  a game to help impulsive children think before they can act.  2-6 players, $84.95 (ages 6-12) Also: Stop, Relax & Think Card Game, $36.95

Storytelling Card Game: an instrument for eliciting unconscious material at a predictably high frequency. $65.95 (ages 4-14)

The storytelling technique is one of the most popular tools in child psychotherapy. Children's self-created stories provide psychotherapists with valuable insights into the conscious and unconscious problems with which their patients are dealing. This game is based on the principle that children are more likely to provide stories in the context of a mildly competitive game in which reward chips and prizes are given. Children use any of 24 scene cards (living room, backyard, classroom, kitchen, etc.) and 30 cardboard figures to tell their stories.

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Talking, Feeling and Doing Game: an instrument for engaging the resistant child in meaningful psychotherapeutic endeavors. 1-5 players, $84.95 (ages 5-16)

Also: New additions to The Talking, Feeling & Doing Game — card games which can be played by themselves or with the original board game. Each set contains 99 cards and follows the format of the original game, focusing on specific problems or concerns of children. Ages 6-12. (Note: unlike the original Talking, Feeling, Doing Game, these cards are not restricted for use by mental health professionals and may be used by any caring and concerned adult):

Talking, Feeling, Doing: Anger Card Game, $36.95

Talking, Feeling, Doing: Conflict Resolution Card Game, $36.95

Talking, Feeling, Doing: Divorce Card Game, $36.95

Talking, Feeling, Doing: Good Behavior Card Game, $36.95

Talking, Feeling, Doing: Grief Card Game, $37.95

Talking, Feeling, Doing: Shyness Card Game, $36.95

Talking, Feeling, Doing: Teasing Card Game, $36.95



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TeenSense: a Board Game for Teens, Ages 13-18. Marjorie Mitlin, $75.95

This unique board game (for use in grades 6-12) gives adolescents an opportunity to consider, discuss, and resolve uncomfortable, embarrassing, or problematic interpersonal situations. As players move around the game board, they respond to tough questions about friends, family, physical changes, drug and alcohol choices, and intimacy in relationships. For 2 to 6 players or teams.

The TeenSense Game is designed to give adolescents a chance to consider and discuss difficult issues that may crop up in their daily lives. By asking them to look at and try to resolve uncomfortable or problematic interpersonal situations, it gives them practice working out relationships with their peers and with the adults in their lives. The point of the game is to allow participants to explore each issue freely. The leader’s job is to listen to and validate answers, prompt further discussion, and request other suggestions when appropriate. The leader should not judge students’ contributions. The game is full of emotionally charged material, and the way students react to it will depend on their individual personalities, backgrounds, and experiences. The leader should praise them for taking risks in answering difficult questions and exposing their feelings. Similarly, the leader must not allow players to put down others for their answers.

Because some of the game cards present situations involving sexual activity (including same-sex) and the use of drugs and alcohol, it is recommended that adults review all cards prior to play and remove any that may be inappropriate for a particular group of teens. Blank cards are provided for creating additional questions.

Thought-Changing Cards for People Who Are Anxious, Revised Edition. Lawernce Shapiro, $51.95 (ages 12 to adult)

These cards are intended to help clients control their anxiety, and address the common emotional and social problems that accompany anxiety disorders. The box contains 50 cards that show cognitive distortions on one side, and rational responses and positive behavioral activities on the other.

Too Close, Too Far, Just Right: a Game about Personal Space. Sandra Singer, $51.95 (ages 5-12)

Many kids, especially those with ADHD, autism, or Asperger’s, are unaware of the socially accepted physical boundaries that most of us take for granted. This game helps them learn what’s “too close,” “too far,” or “just right” in various social situations. Children take turns performing social scenarios described on Role Play Cards, and then the group decides whether their proximity to each other is appropriate for the particular situation. Players learn that standing too close or too far away can make people feel uncomfortable or confused in certain circumstances. Focused and fun, this game is a gentle way to help kids grasp the idea of personal space and thereby improve their relationships. For 4 to 8 players or teams, with a teacher or therapist.

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Too Much, Too Little, Just Right: a Social Communication Game. Claudia Weiss, Sandra Singer & Lois Feigenbaum, $75.95 (ages 5-12 years)

People communicate using not only words, but also tone of voice and body language. Many children, however, fail to notice these relatively subtle social cues. This game teaches children to pay attention to tone of voice, observe body language, and note how these cues affect the message. Children assume two roles during game play: Messenger and Listener. They learn by observing others and by getting immediate feedback about their own expressive abilities. They learn to adjust volume, expression, gestures, and other physical cues in order to communicate effectively and achieve greater self-control. Acquiring these skills helps children develop more appropriate and satisfying social relationships.

Toss and Learn Games. Franklin Learning Systems, $43.95 each (Grades 3-6)

This dice-game series helps players learn important skills and apply them to commonly encountered situations. The blue dice have situations, and the yellow dice have either questions or actions. Players roll a blue die and then roll a yellow die. Players apply the question or action on the yellow die to the situation on the blue die.

Give Everyone a Fair Shake: Conflict Resolution Toss and Learn Game.

Skills learned include: being a good listener; learning to show respect; trying for a win-win solution; taking responsibility for choices made; knowing when to walk away; learning not to blame others.

Roll and Resolve: Solving Problems with Friends Toss and Learn Game.

Skills learned include: talking it out with friends; being fair to each other; being a good listener; learning to compromise; showing empathy; recognizing when to apologize; learning to forgive.

Roll for Control: Impulse Control Toss and Learn Game.

Skills learned include: thinking before you act; recognizing consequences of impulsive behavior; not acting on impulses; using self-talk to help combat impulsive urges; taking responsibility for your actions

Stand Against Bullying Toss and Learn Game.

Skills learned include: recognizing how to react to a bully's behavior; understanding the role of the bystander; practicing assertiveness techniques for the target; understanding when it's important to bring in a trusted adult

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Trauma Reaction Cards for Children and Adolescents. Beth Richey, Childswork Childsplay, $34.95

  • Therapeutic tool to assist understanding & identifying reactions to trauma & stressful events
  • Identify behavioral, cognitive, physical, & emotional reactions to trauma
  • Useful for children and adolescents
  • Colorful illustrations, descriptive text

The Trauma Reaction Cards are a therapeutic tool to assist children and adolescents in understanding and identifying their reactions to traumatic or stressful life experiences. These colorful and illustrated cards are categorized into the four domains of trauma reactions: Behavior Reactions, Body Reactions, Brain & Thinking Reactions, and Feelings Reactions. Note: To be used by qualified professionals only.

True Friends Game™. Franklin Learning Systems, $51.95 (Gr. 3 – 6)

Players learn how to be a true friend, to resist negative peer pressure from friends and other classmates, and to strive to be themselves instead of trying to fit the unrealistic cookie cutter mold of the “popular” girl or guy. As players strategize their routes to True Friends Island, they navigate through dangerous waters that surround a series of islands representing the challenges that they face (Popularity and Pressure Island, Friendship Ups and Downs Island, etc.).

What the Heck Does That Mean?! Using Picture Cards to Teach Idioms. Susan Madden, $79.95 (ages 8 and up)

Idioms can be perplexing, especially to literal thinkers, kids with ASD, and non-native speakers. Yet idioms are everywhere — so it makes sense to teach them rather than try to avoid them. Each of these 125 Picture Cards presents an idiom, illustrates its literal meaning, and offers three choices: the true definition and two plausible but incorrect (and sometimes funny) alternatives. The other side of the card shows only the idiom and the illustration. So, depending on which side of the card you use, students can choose the correct definition or come up with it on their own. Either way, they’ll have a memorable visual association for each idiom.

These whimsical Picture Cards (along with 35 Bingo Cards, also included) can be used to play a variety of engaging idiom games. A Leader’s Guide offers instructions, ideas, and lots of fun follow-up activities. Turn to this versatile resource whenever your students ask, “What the heck does that mean?”

What If? In a Jar® Questions and Dilemmas to Get Kids Thinking about Choices. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (ages 8 & up)

Help kids hone their decision-making skills and practice making good choices with 101 thought-provoking cards. Use this resource to spark conversation and reflection in classrooms, advisory groups, after-school programs, teams, and youth groups.

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What Should I Do Now? A Game That Teaches Social Decision Making. Lawrence Shapiro, $36.95 (ages 8-18)

This game is designed to help children and youth understand the different reactions we can have in a variety of situations, and how our responses affect not just us, but those around us.

Yes I CanBe Kind to Me. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 10 to adult, 2-6 players)

Yes I Can Family Talk. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 6 to adult, 2-8 players)

Yes I Can — Feel Good about Me. Gary Yorke, $24.50 (ages 13 to adult, 2-6 players)

Yes I CanHandle My Anger. Gary Yorke, $27.50 (ages 6 to adult, 2-6 players)

Yes I Can Have Impulse Control. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 6-14, 2-4 players)

Yes I CanKid Talk. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 6 to adult, 2-6 players)

Yes I CanTeen Talk. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 13 to adult, 2-6 players)

Games and activities that foster social and emotional skills, enhance communication, and support positive relationships.

You Can Control Your Anger: an Emotional Intelligence Game Book. Lawrence Shapiro & Greg Elkins, $34.95, ages 5-12

Games are a great way to help children learn anger control, but most games take time to set up and are difficult to transport. This spiral-bound game book comes with an attached spinner, and contains over 300 questions to teach children anger control. The game can be played in just 10 minutes and is suitable for individual or group counseling as well as home or classroom use.

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You Can Control Your Impulses Spin & Learn Game Book. Elizabeth Bennett, $31.95 (ages 5-12)

Help children learn to control their impulses in all kinds of every-day situations. Over 300 questions encourage children to stop and think about their behavior and the likely outcomes. The spiral bound book comes with a detachable spinner and provides a fun, lively way to help impulsive children learn to think before they act. The games are suitable for individual or group play and can be used in the home or classroom. Includes bonus CD with games and forms.

You Can Control Your Worries Game Book. Susan Pelton, $31.95

The You & Me Social Skills Board Game.  ChildsWork ChildsPlay, $84.95 (ages 4-12)

This popular board game teaches children important day-to-day social skills. For 2-4 players.

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