Books are a great way to work on speech and language skills. You can use books in preschool therapy though to high school therapy. They allow you to work on multiple skills at the same time which make them perfect for mixed groups. Here are five books that SLPs from Speech Spotlight use in their practice:
1. Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
A fun activity to do with this book is to re-enact parts of the book by making an obstacle course. Have the children go around the pond by having a plastic pool out. Have them climb over a stack of mats to go over the haystacks etc.
2. Any “If you give a …..” Books from Laura Numeroff
Pairing these books with toys from Learning Resources is recommended by Ashley B. These work on vocabulary skills and are fun for the children.
3. Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! by George Shannon
Lisette uses this for working on the “ch” sound. Tape 3 bendy straws together. We paint chicken feet and say chick or chicken each time.
4. Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland
A fun therapy idea is to have your students cooperate to plan a vacation. Where are you going to go? What do you need to bring? What are you going to do?
5. Ring! Yo? by Chris Raschka
Linda uses this book all year long. She uses it to identify emotions and she has her students come up with their own character, conflict, attempt, and resolutions. Linda also uses it to practice perspective taking skills to come up with different dialogues based on different character traits for the person on the other end of the phone. Then we will make movies of the phone call.
What is your favorite book in therapy?