Top 10 Books to Use to Start an SLP Book Club!
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! 🙂
“Ghost Boy” by Martin Pistorius is a book I think all Speech Path students (and SLPs) should read. It is an amazing book.