Social Communication Group for Self-Contained Classroom: Basic Games

It was back to the basics with this social communication group.  The lesson was based around 3 popular games that kids (usually) love to play.  They are Tic-Tac-Toe, Connect the Dots, and Rock, Paper, Scissor, Shoot.  All of these games require joint attention, problem solving, reasoning, and discussion.



  • Students communicate with each other to determine who will be X and who will be O.
  • Students must engage in perspective taking to try and infer the next move that their opponent will make.
  • Students need to discuss if there was a winner or a cat’s game.



  • This game can be harder to explain
  • On each turn, a player draws one straight line between any 2 black dots
  • Students win each box that they complete by putting their initials in the box
  • This game usually takes time and students often wind up chatting as they complete the board



Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot

  • In this game, students must discuss the rules beforehand and remind themselves during each round
  • Rock beats Scissors, Paper beats Rock, Scissors beats Paper
  • It is also important that both players make their move at the same moment to ensure fairness. This is a great skill to enforce.


Using these games in Social-Communication Groups has many purposes:

  1. These games are fun, students are more likely to engage when they are involved in a fun activity.
  2. These games reinforce important skills.
  3. The ability to play these games will be a life-long tool for these students as they are fairly common games.

Enjoy!  Please tell us about simple and common games that you have incorporated into your Social Communication Groups.