Hangman and Other Word Games

By Judith Maginnis Kuster

Word activities such Hangman have many potential uses in treatment for both children and adults with communication disorders. For persons with early-onset Alzheimer's, word recall activities may assist in retaining language. These word activities are also appropriate for some stroke survivors, persons with language and spelling issues, and for vocabularly enrichment for second-language learners and others. Some sites require up-to-date browsers (that accommodate Java script) and software (such as Flash or Shockwave). Other sites are accessible with older browsers.

There are a variety of types of Hangman available online. Some provide clues, such as:

Others don't provide clues, but may have categories to choose from, such as: Most challenging are those without clues or categories. The typical Hangman is a rather violent depiction of hanging a person, piece by piece. There is even a "celebrity" hangman that allows you to hang a real picture of a familiar person. I did not include it here -- it was rather grim to see Sarah Michelle Gellar dangling from a rope if you lose! Listed below are "gentler versions" that do not result in a hanging. Downloadable versions allow practice off-line. Some will cost, such as Other downloads are free, such as:

Judith Kuster is in the department of speech, hearing, and rehabilitation services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at judith.kuster@mnsu.edu. All of Kuster's Internet columns are on ASHA's Web site in HTML format with active links (www.asha.org/about/publications/leader-online/archives/news.htm), although URLs change and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.

Kuster, JM, Hangman and Other Word Games, ASHA Leader, April 12, 2005, p. 12.