Color Coded Questions

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
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There's never enough time in school counseling. Never enough time to plan and prepare, never enough time to meet with students, never enough time to effectively use data...the list goes on. One thing I did this past summer to be better prepared for my individual sessions was create a collection of issue-specific color coded questions. 

Students pick one of several games that have colors or numbers or that you can put colored stickers on (CandyLand, Let's Go Fishing, JENGA, Chutes and Ladders, Connect Four, Don't Break the Ice, Uno, etc.) and they respond to prompts specific to their issue(s) as we play. The prompts are written so they can be answered  multiple times in different ways, so it's totally fine for someone to land on/pull the same color/number more than once.

Using kids games in counseling sessions The Responsive Counselor

I typed them, colored them, laminated them, then put them on a key ring that I hang on the side of a bookcase for easy use. 

school counseling issue prompt cards to use with kids' gamesschool counseling issue prompt cards to use with kids' games

Students, no matter what age, are always excited about getting to play a game. I've very rarely encountered any resistance to using these prompts while we play. In some games, the color/number chosen is random. In others, the students choose which allows them to direct the discussions more by selecting what prompts to respond to.

Interested in getting these ready-made? You can find them in my TpT store - click the pic below.
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  1. You have some great ideas! I am a new-ish counselor as well and it's helpful to read about different methods and ideas. Thanks!

  2. This is a really interesting idea. It adds a new dimension to play therapy. Thanks for sharing.


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