It's been a while since we have played any type of board game, so I pulled out the old Junior Scrabble.
My goal for this engagement was to connect with Nick and share the enjoyment and experience of playing a game together.
Our game of choice:
I take a turn / Nick takes a turn
Activity limits..... and rough plan:
Only work with two boards, each containing four words.
The words are quite easy, therefore I will choose a letter and place it in an unexpected place. For example, in the middle or end of a word. Nick to make his own plan about what letter he chooses.
Lots of experience sharing declarative comments. Pause and wait. Self-talk so that Nick hears my thoughts.
Nick joined me in the game and he immediately understood his role. Was he wildly ecstatic to be there? No. Although we were connected and had a nice co-regularly pattern thing going on, Nick was in task mode. The game wasn't fun and he was going through the motions. To be honest, I thought it was too easy for him. I ended the activity earlier than planned.
Try out some other board games.... some with a bit more oomph / fun.