It’s January! Time for resolutions and trying new things. How about starting an SLP book club? Ask your graduate school friends or a group of coworkers and see if they would enjoy reading books focused on communication disorders. I used to be in a real life SLP book club with some grad school friends. We had so much fun (there was wine involved)! I had to drop out because I had a baby and I couldn’t drive into the city anymore, but an online book club, like a private Facebook Group, would have been something that I could have continued participating in from a far. Here are some book suggestions to get you going:
- Paper Boy recommended by Ashley from AGB Speech Therapy — The Newbury Honor winning novel discusses the life of a boy who stutters.
- Thinking in Pictures recommended by Sarah from Speech is Beautiful — The groundbreaking memoir by Dr. Temple Grandin shares what it’s like to grow up with autism.
- The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy recommended by Lisette from Speech Sprouts — Read the biography that inspired the Oscar-winning film
- Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain recommended by Susan Berkowitz from Kidz Learn Language — Learn more about dyslexia and how reading developed and evolved over time.
- The Speed of Dark recommended by Looks Like Language — A fascinating novel about an adult with autism
- House Rules recommended by Collette from Alberta Speechie — A novel focused on a teen with Asperger’s syndrome.
- Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime recommended by Sarah from Speech is Beautiful — A murder mystery-type novel written from the perspective of the a person with autism. You have to piece together the clues as a reader.
- Schuyler’s Monster recommended by Sarah from Speech is Beautiful — One family’s journey navigating the world with a non-verbal daughter and her use of AAC.
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly recommended by Collette from Alberta Speechie — A man’s memoir written by him using eye gaze after he experienced locked-in syndrome.
- Out of my Mind recommended by Ashley from AGB Speech Therapy— A novel about a girl growing up with Cerebral Palsy.
I hope that these recommendations give you a head start when planning your own SLP book club. If you are anything like us, we just geek out on anything related to speech therapy and communication disorders! Happy reading! 🙂