IF you want to encourage youngsters to communicate, try sitting down to a game of Scrabble or Cluedo. Board games boost childrens language and speech skills, according to Government communications adviser Jean Gross. They also encourage taking turns and listening within the family, added Mrs Gross, who was appointed the first communication 'champion by the last government. 'Cluedo is really good because it involves speculating, she said. 'What we often want with language is to get children not just talking about the here and now, but about what might be. 'Scrabble is also fantastic because of links with the written words. It develops vocabulary. DM