One thing that I think it is important to note that I'm not an SLP that uses games in every session, even for my elementary students. For middle school, I prefer to structure my sessions with an introductory activity, then a main activity, followed by a few minutes of games as a reward at the end of the session.
Once or twice a semester, I will have a "game day" that is primarily game-based as an incentive for my students to work hard in our regular sessions if needed as a reward. You would be surprised how motivated middle school students can be with the promise of playing the right games!
That being said, here are my favorite games for middle school students:
Quick and easy for the last 5 minutes of a session:
- Basketball hoop (students love to keep score!) - similar one here
- Regular playing cards (to play games like war)
Good for targeting articulation, language, fluency, and social skills in structured conversation within the session:
- Rory's Story Cubes
- Tell Tale
- Would You Rather card game
- Bubble Talk
- Loaded Questions, Jr.
- Bubble Talk
Good for longer game times, but could also be worked into a "do a task and take a turn" therapy format:
What games do you find that your middle school students prefer?
PS: Looking for therapy activities for middle school students? Check out these posts HERE and HERE, and check out the middle school section of my TpT store here.