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Danielle Garces

LEI 4724
Activity: Charades
Source: H. Porter (RT for Specific Diagnoses and Conditions, 2015)
Equipment Needed: Category topics (If desired)

Activity Description:
1. Have the participants split into 5 groups. (If there are a limited participants, have them split
where each group have the same amount of people)
2. Have everyone sit down or stand with their group.
3. Each group will be assigned a different category. (Movies, Actions, Emotions, Holidays and
4. From each category, the group can either pick one already listed below OR work with your
team mates to choose a topic from the category assigned.
5. The leader will decide which group goes first.
6. The group will then act out their topic and the other groups will guess. The group who
guesses right goes next. After a full round, the groups switches categories and the winning
team starts first.
*Remember this is strictly acting out, no verbal clues must be given, only the category is

Movies Actions Emotions Holidays Songs

-Spiderman -Flying a kite -Happy -Christmas -Macarena
-Lion King -Taking a selfie -Nervous -Thanksgiving -YMCA
-Beauty & the Beast -Inflating a balloon -Angry -4th of July -Head, Shoulders,
-Zoolander -Playing basket ball -Shocked -Easter knees and toes
-Wedding Crashers -Reading a book -Scared -Hanukah -Im a little tea pot
-Hokey Pokey

Leadership Considerations:
1. When working with participants who have Borderline Personality Disorder and Major
Depression Disorder, it is imperative to keep them in a safe and positive environment. People
with BPD experience mood instability and have difficulty with social functioning. The
therapy must incorporate concepts that involve rational thinking and emotional thinking.
You want the participants to work with others to help manage their mood swings and
regulate emotions. This provides self-awareness to the individual and helps them gain
confidence to a positive social interaction.
As far as Major Depression Disorder, this too involves instability with emotion; however, it
is triggered by situational factors. People with MDD experience extreme agitation,
negativism and immobility, along with cognitive and emotional impairment. Like BPD,
keeping a positive approach to the therapy helps the individual experience social support and
development to a healthy leisure or recreational activity.
2. Keep in mind that all categories and topics must be in an optimistic element. Frain from any
physical touching and or negative topics. Be observant to all individuals. Every participant
should be engaged while guessing and acting out.