Self-Advocacy Board Game


The Original  
 Self-Advocacy Board Game for Students with Hearing Loss 
self-advocacy board game pic
Also available in Spanish

Developed and tested by itinerant teachers

Suitable for Grades 2-8

Unique and FUN

Individualize to your students needs

Aligns with IDEA 2004 and current technology


GOAL:  To provide professionals and parents working with deaf/hard of hearing students a fun way to evaluate, problem solve, discuss and role-play students’ self advocacy skills so they can access their school environments in accordance with IDEA 2004.

 Game board
Challenge and Mystery Word card decks
Instructions, rationale, and
data sheets for both card decks
Suggested ways to write IEP goals for the activities



I use Rule the School with kids in small group settings in schools.  It has been a great springboard for discussions about events that the kids experience everyday.  We use it to assist in problem-solving and the kids have really enjoyed it.  It is the only tool I have found on the market specifically for children with hearing loss to address advocacy.  Thank you for such an innovative tool!

Alison King, LSLS Cert. AVT, Winterpock Elementary, Midlothian, VA

This game is excellent and a really fun, motivating way to work on self-advocacy.  The Challenge Questions are very good and open up the opportunity to discuss several different advocacy options for each scenario.  The positive/negative statements on the board were great, especially  “You gave the transmitter to your teacher, move ahead 3 spaces!”

Stacie Minogue, Itinerant Teacher, Wake Co. Schools, Raleigh, NC

This game has been effective in therapy with my CI and hearing-impaired clients, especially with our adolescent population.  It is a great resource for anyone treating hearing-impaired students in the schools.

Jamy Claire Archer, CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor, University of South Carolina Speech and Hearing Research Center


This game has been a huge hit!  With my students who really need more practice with the vocabulary or the challenges, I change the rules a bit and make them do two when they land on that square.

Tricia Bell, Itinerant Teacher, Wake Co. Schools, Raleigh, NC

 My students are enjoying the game.  It makes review of self-advocacy skills more exciting.

Cindy Llewellyn, Charlotte, NC

My daughter is the only deaf child at her school and this game got her hearing friends interested in her cochlear implant.  The game is a great way to bring awareness to everyone involved.  I wish we had it when she first got her CI.

Vikki Howell, Parent, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Sarah M.

I’ve had the opportunity to use Rule the School Self-advocacy Board Game and HA TicTacToe Bingo with my students with hearing loss.  Not only do these games make learning fun, but I’ve seen tangible differences in my students.  They are more comfortable talking about their hearing losses and discussing their own hearing technology.  We want our students to become independent, knowledgeable and informed people who can advocate for themselves.  These games certainly help to make that happen.

Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Director Graduate Studies Program in Auditory Learning and Spoken Language, Utah State University


Purchase the app in iTunes – $11.99

Purchase digital product in TeachersPayTeachers – $14.99