My daughter loves board games and it’s perfect when I can incorporate learning into a fun game. Pirate Talk focuses on language and communication skills. There are seven different areas of focus that parents or teachers can choose to target, such as following directions, describing, and inferencing. The award winning Pirate Talk comes with 150 color coded cards that are divided into five categories, home,school, community, etc. For example, in the home category, there was a question where the picture shows a boy taking a bath. The card would ask students to point to the towel, or point to the soap. It has questions such as “Who is in the tub? What is he doing?” that require your child to explain the picture. It will ask your child / student to name three things that you might find in a bathtub, or three things you might find in a bathroom. It works on inferencing with questions such as, “Why do you think there is a puddle of water on the floor next to the bathtub?” The card asks “What do you think Ryan should do when he finishes the bath?” Pirate Talk comes with an electronic spinner rather than a traditional spinner, which my daughter was really excited about. She sometimes has trouble spinning those little plastic spinning wheels that most board games come with. The electronic spinner was perfect for her because she could just push a button and watch the lights spin around. I appreciated the fact that the spinner has a switch to turn the sound on/ off, for those of us who prefer to use it with just the lights. With the way the game is formatted, I think it works best with the adult being the facilitator and at least two children as players. The grown up is the one reading all the questions. We found a variation that we liked. The directions include a few different options for game variations, and we played a version where players pooled all the gold coins they earned in the middle of the game board, rather than collecting the doubloons themselves individually. Then at the end of the game, the winner wins the whole pot! Another variation that I want to try is called Digging for Gold, where you bury the doubloons in a container of sand and let your child dig them up. Pirate Talk would be ideal for a teacher or therapist doing a small group activity with a few children.