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FriendZee A Social Skills Game
Ages: 7-11   Grades: 2-6

Students enjoy learning social skills in the fun, safe atmosphere of a game format as they practice responding to everyday situations at two levels of difficulty.


  • Understand body language, tone of voice, and inferences
  • Learn to listen, ask questions, problem solve, and give information
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This game is for students with social and pragmatic deficits due to autism spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disorder, behavioral disorders, and/or emotional disorders.  There are 200 game cards.  Two levels of questions on each card allow you to teach to your students' ability level.  The question cards are organized by eight skill areas:

  • Body Language—interpreting and using facial expression and posture accurately
  • Tone of Voice—use the right tone of voice for the communication intent
  • Listening—recall the main idea and details of spoken messages
  • Inferring—make accurate inferences about locations, actions, and events from the information provided
  • Giving Information—practice telling about yourself, answering questions, giving explanations
  • Imagination—improve perspective-taking and flexible thinking by telling what you would do in pretend scenarios
  • Asking Questions—generate questions in response to depicted situations and problems
  • Problem Solving—generate solutions to problems and express them clearly

The flexible game format lets you practice specific skills by focusing on selected categories of questions, developing teamwork in playing with partners, and role-playing situations for realistic interaction. 

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18" x 18" folding game board, 175 game cards, 25 problem-solving cards, 6 pawns, die, instructions, sturdy case


Diane A. Figula


Diane A. Figula, M.A., CCC-SLP, has worked in a variety of clinical and educational programs, as well as in private practice.  She has taught in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia for 11 years.  In that time, Diane has served populations of special education and general education students ranging in age from preschool through senior high school.  Her special interests are pragmatic language skills, whole language, and language collaboration.


Are you in a frenzy over how to teach social skills to your elementary students?  Worry no more!  Just sit back, relax, and let your students play FriendZee!  This fun, easy-to-use game is a great way for practicing the social language skills that are so vital to your students' success.

For many of your students, learning appropriate social skills is just as difficult as learning academic skills.  FriendZee gives your students practical communication skills practice in everyday situations they'll recognize and understand.  Best of all, when the game's over, the learning won't stop!  Your students will continue to use what they've learned in their everyday lives.

Better social skills are sure to give an extra boost to your students' self-esteem.  As they enjoy increased success in daily interactions, they'll experience the approval of others and feel a sense of achievement.  They'll learn to feel better about themselves!

You'll be amazed at how easy teaching social skills can be as your students listen, answer, question, problem solve, and role-play their way around the colorful game board.  FriendZee is sure to spark your students' interest and expand their social skills—all while they're having a great time!