Talkabout Board Game : Developing Self-Esteem, Social Skills and Relationship Skills book cover
2nd Edition

Talkabout Board Game
Developing Self-Esteem, Social Skills and Relationship Skills

  • Available for pre-order on May 8, 2023. Item will ship after May 29, 2023
ISBN 9781032294827
May 29, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
12 Pages 126 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

2 – 6 players Ages 7 - 14

This new and expanded second edition of the Talkabout Board Game has been designed to support work on social skills, self-esteem, and friendship skills. The game backs up skills taught within the Talkabout book series but can also be used as a standalone resource.

The game takes you on a journey through the week, where you will encounter several different social skills tasks that you need to complete to move on to the weekend. Each day has a challenge that the child needs to complete before moving on to the next day, as well as the possibility of landing on 2 ‘chance cards’ and 1 further ‘challenge card’, depending on the roll of the dice. The purpose of the game is to work together to get everyone to the end of the week and there is, therefore, no winner of the game. Once you have got to the middle of the board, your role is to help the others get there too.

The Talkabout Board Game can be played at 6 different levels by using the colour coded challenge cards to work on the following skills:

Pack 1: Self-awareness and self-esteem (orange)

Pack 2: Body language (red)

Pack 3: Conversational skills (green)

Pack 4: Friendship skills (pink)

Pack 5: Assertiveness skills (yellow)

Or any combination of the above.

This second edition features a greater variety of ‘chance cards’, updated ‘challenge cards’, and a higher chance of children completing a challenge. Designed for between 2 – 6 players and for ages 7 – 14, it will be an essential resource for educators and therapists.

Table of Contents

What’s included

Object of the game

Setting up the game

The Talkabout characters

Chance cards

Level 1 Orange Cards Self Awareness and Self Esteem

Level 2 Red Cards Body Language

Level 3 Green Cards Conversational skills

Level 4 Pink Cards Friendship skills

Level 5 Yellow Cards Assertiveness skills

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Alex Kelly is a speech and language therapist with over 35 years’ experience of working with people with social communication skills difficulties. She set up her own business in Hampshire, Speaking Space Ltd, which offers training in communication, a speech and language therapy service, and a day service for adults with a learning disability, and which is now being run by her TASS co-author Naomi Pearson. Alex is the author of the best-selling TALKABOUT resources and still lectures on social communication and friendship skills around the UK and abroad.


"I find the game a fabulous resource to back up the content of the lessons and concepts taught. It is a good way to discuss issues the pupils' may have had collectively. I highly recommend the resource to other professionals." – Deborah Goodfellow, TA, Northcott School

"I enjoy using the game! I find it particularly useful for pupils going through transition between primary and high school.  The game helps pupils with social and communication difficulties." Caroline Lunn, TA for SLCN