How to Play
Step 1: Pick a Topic
Choose a topic card from one of three levels: easy, medium, or hard. Hard topics involve more thinking and talking about big feelings.
Step 2: Build the Chat Chain
Build the “Chat Chain” using the question and answer cards to continue the conversation and stay on-topic.
Step 3: Earn Points
Players who demonstrate good conversation skills by asking questions and sharing their thoughts/feelings earn more points!
Designed by Child Psychologists
Chat Chains was created by psychologists to help families and children connect and talk about what matters. The game is designed to encourage communication, increase emotional awareness, and teach social skills. It is trusted by thousands of families, speech therapists, teachers, and mental health professionals!
Chat Chains is a fun way to connect, laugh, and play together!
Have Deep Conversations
Play with friends and family to have deep conversations that bring you closer together. You may be surprised to see what you learn about each other!
Practice Social and Emotional Skills
Chat Chains was designed by psychologists to help kids learn social and emotional skills. Players are encouraged to open up about their feelings by earning more points for deeper conversations.
Flexible Playstyles Keep Things Fresh
We know that games can get boring, so we included ways to switch up the gameplay to keep things fresh. Best of all, Chat Chains can be adapted to be fun for kids, teens, and adults of all ages!
Learning and Growing TogetherPlaying Chat Chains can help families and players:
- Talk about difficult feelings
- Increase conversation skills
- Enhance social awareness
- Improve body language
- Deepen existing relationships
About the Creators
Dr. Schulman is a licensed clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience in school consultation and the evidence-based treatment of anxiety, anger issues, developmental disabilities, and trauma. She is a sought-after clinician and renowned trainer of parents, teachers, and other professionals. In her community outreach work, she has trained hundreds of educators and professionals on topics ranging from ADHD to anxiety and social skills training.
Dr. Shcherbakov is a licensed psychologist and nationally recognized expert on ADHD, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders. He is proud to have helped hundreds of children develop language and emotional regulation skills through his work in clinics, homes, and schools. In addition to being a sought-after presenter at national conferences, he has taught at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.
This has been great for our family to practice social skills. This game is a good way to get families talking to each other, and remind everyone how to best communicate. It’s awesome for anyone with social issues to learn how to interact and would be a great therapy tool. I love that it includes sharing feelings, and also being mindful of nonverbal communication cues as well as learning how to stay on topic.
The structure of the cards makes it easy to show what a conversation is “made of” and how much can be discussed around a single topic when you look at the length of the chain. We personally didn’t need or use the point system, although I do understand that it could be great for other types of kids.
This helps our son with a speech disorder to communicate better.
Most importantly…it is fun to play! Very versitile for different age levels and language skill.
Great concept! We can play as a family and it helps open communication.