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The Escape Room

on April 15, 2019


Several of my clients have attended birthday parties which included an Escape Room experience. They are so excited about it and I am enthused about the possibilities of using the concept in my therapy/coaching sessions. After searching for ideas and help, I am happy to report that the prospects are endless!  An escape room challenge solves a variety of puzzles or completes a variety of missions.  After each puzzle is solved, the players get a clue that leads them to a new location. Each new location includes a keyword to win and a new puzzle or mission.

Here are a few of the terrific creations that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I was looking for challenges applicable to my clients. I found articulation, social skills, executive function, reading and a variety of language challenges. These will get me started…


Not every escape room challenge uses a lock box.  I decided to get one and some fun word locks.



Not every escape room challenge uses invisible ink to add to the fun.  I decided to get some along with a blacklight flashlight.













One of my older clients, a high school student, suggested using video clues!  That sounds awesome! A video clue can be especially effective for a social skills challenge.  As I discovered, the possibilities are endless.

Think about what the purpose of the escape room challenge will be.  The activity will not do the teaching for me but can provide a fun way for my clients to apply and explore what they have learned in therapy/coaching sessions.  The puzzles don’t have to be overly complicated but it is a good idea to balance easy, moderate and challenging task.

I plan for about 30min. for a solo client and 45 – 60min. for two or more working as a small group.  So far, everyone has had a good time!!


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