Top Tips for Picking Speech and Language Therapy Books for Your Caseload

Top Tips for Picking Speech and Language Therapy Books for Your Caseload

Today, on the Real Talk SLP podcast, we will discuss tips for picking speech and language therapy books for your caseload. Most school-based SLPs have larger caseloads, so finding a speech therapy book to cover every age and goal is tricky. I am going to help you narrow down the book selections so that every month, you can use 2-4 books to cover the majority of your speech therapy caseload.

 

In episode 114, we talked about what to do before you start reading books in literacy-based speech therapy. This helps students with comprehension, increases engagement with new vocabulary, and extends the life of a book in your sessions. In episode 115, I share lots of ways to increase engagement in your sessions when reading books. 

 

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Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Speech Therapy Caseload

Before you select a speech and language therapy book, consider what goals you are targeting with your students.

Here are the list of questions I ask myself when determining what literacy-based speech therapy book I am going to choose:

  • What are the goals you are trying to cover?

  • How many goals can I address with this book?

  • Would this book fit my student’s language levels and attention span?

  • Does this book have a lot of words with my student’s speech sound?

  • What does this book provide for supporting skills in the classroom environment?

  • Does this book provide a new perspective or glimpse into another culture?

Get the best tips for picking speech and language therapy books for your lesson planning.

Speech and Language Therapy Books Resources

Learn how to pick speech therapy books for your literacy-based sessions.

So if you love using a theme-based approach and need support with picking books, we provide book cheat sheets and book companions in the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We also provide Google Slides with links to songs, videos, and digital activities as well as speech homework, newsletters, task cards, non-fiction reading passages, themed flashcards and more! Here is a list of the books we provide activities for in the membership to give you idea of the themes and books. 

 

To find books by themes, speech sounds, or types of language areas, here are the two resources I mentioned for finding books:

 

If you are on a budget, try to find books at your school or local library. Check to see if your school will give you a free GetEpic account or check out half priced books.

Speech Therapy Books for a Summer Theme Mentioned in This Podcast Episode

In this Real Talk SLP podcast episode, we discuss picking speech therapy books by target area or age. If using themes, pick your theme, then pick your books.

Here are the books I mentioned in the podcast episode:

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  • Beach Day by Karen Roosa – great for wh-questions, describing goals, syntax and morphology goals, building background knowledge
  • Let It Shine by Maryann Cocca-Leffler – great for wh-questions, describing goals, syntax and morphology goals, building background knowledge
  • When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore – great for figurative language, perspective taking, inferencing, story elements, cause and effect
  • A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen – great for wh-questions, building background knowledge, story retell, making predictions, thought bubble
  • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall – great for students to make personal connections with going swimming, story retell, comprehension, grammar, sound-loaded for speech sounds
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! By Lucinda Collandro – great for sequencing, AAC CORE words, sound-loaded for s-blends, SH, and L, answering “what” questions
When you serve a large speech therapy caseload, using books is a great way to plan literacy-based sessions.

Top Tips for Picking Speech and Langauge Therapy Books for Your Caseload

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10 Ways to Increase Engagement With Speech Therapy Books

10 Ways to Increase Engagement With Speech Therapy Books

When it comes to reading books in your speech therapy sessions, it’s hard to keep all the students engaged. And, your therapy time is short, so keeping kids attentive is important for therapy. Today, on the Real Talk SLP podcast, we are talking about 10 ways to increase engagement when reading speech therapy books. You will get practical tips for your literacy-based speech therapy sessions that you can use tomorrow!

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Engagement Strategies to Use With Speech Therapy Books

Here are the engagement strategies mentioned in this podcast episode to help with literacy-based speech therapy:

  1. Use iconic gestures – to help teach vocabulary, use it with predictive texts, allows another way to show the child understands the word if they are non-speaking.
  2. Shared Book Reading Strategies – pointing to vocabulary and giving kid friendly definitions of words as well as asking questions that help with making personal connections with the characters.
  3. Novel effects app you can use your phone or iPad. It has lots of our favorite books and would be perfect to use in your small groups or your whole class lessons. With this app, it provides sound effects and music when you read aloud.
  4. Bring in props for the characters, key vocabulary or items that help with sequencing or story retelling. If your students can handle having a prop, have them raise the prop when they hear a certain phrase or predictive text.
  5. Activate background knowledge – Before you read the book, you can activate background knowledge by taking them on a virtual field trip using a platform like Google Earth to see the setting of the book. You can show them some YouTube videos, sing a song, etc. I talk more about activities you can do before you read the book in episode 114.
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More Tips & Tools for Reading Speech Therapy Books

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6. Kids retell the story – After you read the book, have students retell the story in their own words and use book creator to help them make their own story version. 

7. Do think alouds – Using think aloud questions help with comprehension and staying engaged with the book. Use graphic organizers or anchor charts to talk about characters and elements in the story.

8. Give each child a story element to hold up when they hear their story element come up in the story.

9. Incorporate movement – stand and share, turn to your partner and whisper about the character.

10. Ask an essential questions – Have an essential question that draws in their personal experience? We include book cheat sheets with essential questions in the Themed Therapy SLP membership.

Resources to Help With Literacy Speech Therapy Units

If you love using books + themes to plan speech therapy sessions, check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We provide book cheat sheets, book companions, and extension activities to help you implement a theme-based approach with less stress for your preschool and elementary caseload. 

Learn about literacy speech therapy strategies that you can use to increase engagement!

10 Ways to Increase Engagement With Speech Therapy Books

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What to Do Before You Start Reading Books in Literacy-Based Speech Therapy

What to Do Before You Start Reading Books in Literacy-Based Speech Therapy

When you are pulling out a book in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions, it’s natural to want to jump into reading the story with the group. But, there are some easy strategies that you can do before you begin reading the book to your speech therapy students. In fact, doing these strategies will help your students with understanding the content in the story better. Plus, they will have more engagements with vocabulary in the book. And, you can use a book for at least 2 sessions (often you can use it for 2 weeks or more).

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Free Flower Themed Speech Therapy Guide

Wanting to plan a fun spring theme for your speech therapy caseload? Use this free flower themed guide to get ideas for flower books, toys, games, sensory bins, and step-by-step visual craft and cooking activity. 

What to do Before You Read the Book In Your Literacy-Based Speech Therapy Sessions

Here are some strategies that you can do before you begin reading a story to your groups:

  • Teach any concepts that would help their background knowledge on the topic or theme of the book
  • Have them start making inferences by asking students about the cover of the book and what they might think the book could be about
  • Pre-teach key vocabulary by showing them a photo of the word, giving a kid friendly definitions, and ask thme to share a time when that is important to them (we provide focused vocabulary task cards for all the books in the Themed Therapy SLP membership).

Before reading the book, you can use graphic organizers to discus what they know about the topic and what they want to know after reading the book. 

Or, making I wonder statements to see if some of those “wonders” are answered during the story or if you need to plan an extension activity to find out the answer.

Get strategies for what to do in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions before you read a book.

Literacy-Based Speech Therapy Resources Mentioned in This Podcast Episode

Get strategies for what to do in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions before you read a book.

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast we talked about what to do before you start reading a book. The book example in the episode was using Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson. To help activate background knowledge, you can do the following:

-show a video of a bear waking up

sing a wake up song to talk about a bear waking up

-watch a video about bears.

 

A book companion and cheat sheet is included in the Themed Therapy SLP membership for Bear Wants More as well as all the books in the membership.

What do DO Before You Start Reading a Book in Your Literacy Based Speech Therapy Sessions

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Picture Books About Colors for Speech Therapy

Picture Books About Colors for Speech Therapy

Teaching your students to identify and name colors helps with building category groups for things that are similar colors. You can teach color words to build MLU and adjectives. Using picture books about colors to work on teaching colors is a great way to increase engagement and opportunities to work on receptive and expressive language for colors. I gathered up my fave picture books about colors to use with your preschool and kindergarten speech therapy students. 

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Picture Books About Colors for Identifying and Naming Colors

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Here are some books about colors for preschool that focus on identifying and naming colors:  

Using books that have lots of similar color items makes it easy to play fun games like “I spy.”

Color Sensory Bin Activities for Speech Therapy

One way to streamline your planning for mixed groups or targeting a lot of speech and language goals is using sensory bins! Sensory bins pair well with books and increase engagements with your students. Use the color sensory bin activities for eight different colors with any of these color books in this blog post. You won’t about therapy because you will have the following tools included:

 

  • Color sorting mats
  • Sentence Strips
  • Speech Sound Word Lists
  • Parent handout
  • Color printables
  • AAC CORE boards
  • Category Mats
  • Noun-function Can You Find It? Mats
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Children’s Books About Colors For Wh-Questions

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For your students with listening comprehension and story element goals, here are some books about colors for preschool and kindergarten that incorporate narrative elements:

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson is a great book that incorporates colors, rhyming, and easy wh-question opportunities. You can also target AAC CORE words for look, see, can, like, and with. After you read the story, you can pull out the color sensory bin to target one of the colors from the book or all of the colors! Go back through the book and have students find a picture that matches the color. 

Curious Toddler A Colorful Book of Colors: A Picture Word Book About Colors for Kids is great for answering who, what, and where questions with animals and items on the pages. For example, there is a green color page with frogs on a log and a chameleon on a stick. You can ask “Who is on the log?” or “Who is on the stick?” and have students answer by adding the color.

Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong talks about colors while sharing about Latin culture and food. You can work on naming items with the colors and asking wh-questions such as “Who is wearing the orange marigolds?” or “Who is holding the orange plates?” This is a great book for your students who are bilingual as it incorporates Spanish words.

Color Books That Would Go With a Garden Theme

During the spring and summer months, working on colors is super easy with these flower-themed color books:

Planting a rainbow by Lois Ehlert is a great color book for preschool and kindergarten because it has vibrant photos, easy-to-read text, and incorporates colors through flowers.

Rainbows in bloom by Taylor and Michel Putnam is a great book to introduce different shades of colors like light or dark green. In the beautiful flower arrangements, there are hidden items that students have to hunt for on the page. For example, on the yellow and green flower page, there is a hidden light green spider, a kiwi, a green shell, and a yellow butterfly. 

If you need more spring ideas for planning therapy, check out this blog post. You can also find a flower sensory bin in this blog post

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Books About Colors for Preschool and Kindergarten

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A great book about colors that can be adapted for different speech and language goals is Dump Truck’s Colors: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Not only can you target colors, but you can also work on wh-questions, verbs, adjectives, basic concepts, and vocabulary.

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni is a great book to discuss the vocabulary word “change” while incorporating colors. You can talk about the chameleon’s problems, color changes with seasons, and naming animals. To work on pairing an adjective + noun, you have a lot of opportunities to add the color descriptive words to the animal on the page. 

Color Books That Incorporates Emotions

For your mixed groups, you can use color books that incorporate emotions with these suggestions:

The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas helps children identify emotions through colors. One day the monster is confused because he is feeling many emotions at once. A little girl shows the color monster different emotions through colors. 

A Little Spot of Emotion by Diane Alber has a set of colored books that talk about emotions. Have your students be emotion detectives and work on identifying emotions in the book. There is even a fun song that goes with the book!

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What are Your Favorite Books About Colors for Speech Therapy?

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Do you have a favorite book you use to teach colors in speech therapy? Share below the color books you use to teach colors to your students in the comments. Let me know how you use the color book to target goals. I Check out how to use shared book reading strategies in your speech therapy sessions!

Sneezy the Snowman Activities

Sneezy the Snowman Activities

When January hits, it’s time to pull out the Sneezy the Snowman book in your speech therapy sessions. You can target synonyms, s-blends, CORE words, sequencing skills, and story elements, to name a few skills! If you are doing a snowman theme with your elementary speech therapy caseload, this blog post will hook you up with Sneezy the snowman activities you can use across the ages in your speech therapy groups.

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Where to Find the Sneezy the Snowman Book?

You can head to your local library, Amazon, or find a Sneezy the Snowman read-aloud on YouTube. To have access to the book digitally, Kindle Unlimited has it available when you subscribe as of 01/01/23. Your library may have a digital loaning service with OverDrive or the Libby app to get this book electronically for free!

Sneezy the Snowman Sequencing and Retell

Learn about snowman speech therapy activities that you can pair with Sneezy the Snowman

You need to make a story prop kit to turn the sneezy snowman into an engaging story! Not only can you use the story-retelling props for narrative language, but you can also use them for syntax, basic concepts, yes/no questions, and comprehension.

Sneezy the Snowman Sequencing Ideas

If you decide to do the DIY sneezy snowman story kit, you can work on sequencing what happened in the story (blog post link is above.) For your older students, you can use this free Sneezy the Snowman retelling worksheet from Rowdy in Room 300. After working on sequencing with Sneezy the snowman, you can continue to target sequencing with a snowman theme

Sneezy the Snowman Activities for Speech Therapy

Using this book, you can work on the shades of meaning for the vocabulary cold and hot. On the whiteboard, map out how words can be similar but grow in intensity.

For example, you can discuss the shades of mean for cold such as cool – chilly – cold – freezing.

Discuss with students when you might use those words to help describe a situation or the weather.

To help build depth of knowledge with some tier II vocabulary words in the story, have students fill out a personal dictionary, write the synonyms, and antonyms, use them in a sentence, state a kid-friendly definition, and draw a picture of the word.

Here are some of the vocabulary from the book that would be good for the personal dictionary: gigantic, shiver, new, build, melt, swirl, scoop, and surprise.

Get ideas for using Sneezy the Snowman in your speech therapy sessions.
Find ideas for sneezy the snowman activities you can use with your preschool and elementary students.

For category skills, you can work on winter clothing and sorting hot and cold items

Sneezy the Snowman Crafts

Get ideas for sneezy the snowman crafts to use for speech therapy

Kindergarten Works has some easy Sneezy the Snowman activities using crafts.

For your mixed groups, having articulation and language templates to add to a snowman craft makes any easy extension activity. 

You can also use my free Snowman paper plate craft step-by-step visuals with your younger-aged students. 

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Sneezy the Snowman Activities

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Throughout the book, Sneezy drinks something hot and then melts and has to be made brand new. You can play the Build a Snowman game and have kids make their Sneezy “brand new” again. 

Similarly, students can use the snowman file folder activity from my language lesson plans to rebuild Sneezy. You can target any goal with the build-a-snowman file folder activity! Or get a melting snowman toy or other toys for a build a snowman activity.  

What Activities Do You Do With Your Students?

Do you have a particular activity you pair with the book, Sneezy the Snowman? Share in the comments the activity and how you use it to target speech and language goals. 

If you need a Sneezy the snowman lesson plan for your preschool and early elementary students, this blog will help you!
Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Prop Kit

Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Prop Kit

When it comes to choosing a snowman book for your caseload, you want a book that has great pictures, and LOTS of language concepts to target. Plus, you have a lot of students working on comprehension and oral narration, you want a snowman book that targets story elements. Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright ticks off all those boxes for me. It’s a great story that kids LOVE to hear. Today, I am going to share how you can make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell kit to make your sessions more engaging when working on speech or language goals. If you need more snowman-themed book ideas, head to this blog post! Amazon affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience, this means I get a small commission when you purchase anything from Amazon.

What is a Story Prop Kit?

Story prop kits are items related to the book that help children stay engaged during the story. They can be felt characters and vocabulary items for a storyboard or manipulatives related to the story.

Research has shown that students’ comprehension improves when children retell the story in their own words. The two strategies that worked best were children verbally recounting the story and enacting the story given props.

Creating a story prop kit allows you to implement both of these strategies with Sneezy the Snowman!

Can you think of a few kids on your caseload that would love this while working on narration? These stories retell kits can be great for students with shortened attention spans! Or, your kids who love to touch items. Your students will enjoy the activity when it feels more like play!

Make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell prop kit to make working on language concepts and story elements more engaging in your speech therapy sessions.
Make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell prop kit to make working on language concepts and story elements more engaging in your speech therapy sessions.

Where Can I Find the Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Props?

For your Sneezy the Snowman story retell kit, you definitely want a snowman, fire, green mug, hot tub, hot chocolate, and ice cream! Having some kid figurines could be great too.

You can always ask your family and friends on Facebook to see if they have any old toys they would want to donate to you and your caseload. Another way to acquire these toys on a budget is by asking parents on your caseload. There is always the Goodwill and garage sale hunt too! If you need some tips for planning themed therapy lessons on a budget, listen to episode 47 on the Real Talk SLP podcast for more tips. Fortunately, I had most of the items in other playsets!

For my story retell kit, I wanted a plush snowman and found it on Oriental Trading company. But, right now, it is not in stock, so you can find one on Amazon.

Grab a fire from Melissa and Doug camping set or this fisher price version on Amazon.

Use a coffee mug from your house or a cup from one of your tea sets.

Look for a metal tin can from Target, or Dollar Tree to be the hot tub.

If you own the Melissa and Doug ice cream set, just borrow the ice cream cones.

For kids, you can grab the little people sets or just borrow Lego people.

During the story, Sneezy melts and needs to be built again. You can find some felt snowmen kits like this one on Amazon (it’s really big) or you can use the build a snowman file folder printables from my snowman-themed language lesson plan guides.

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Speech Therapy Activities for Sneezy the Snowman

Make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell prop kit to make working on language concepts and story elements more engaging in your speech therapy sessions.

This book is great for story elements, but there are some other great ways you can use this book!

For your students working on CORE words, you can target “like, “put,” “you,” and “more.”

Thre are examples of hot and cold throughout Sneezy the Snowman. You can describe the shades of meaning for hot and cold. 

If you have students with s-blend goals, this is a great book to target consonant clusters.

Practice naming items that would go in the hot and cold category group.

Target “where” questions focusing on prepositions for the location of Sneezy throughout the book.

How Would You Use Sneezy the Snowman in Speech Therapy?

Do your students love Sneezy the Snowman? What goals or activities would you do with this story prop kit? I would love to hear your ideas! Whenever I can find new ways to use a set of materials, therapy planning is easier. If you can use this one-story prop kit with a bulk of your caseload, you are saving LOTS of hours of prep work.

Share in the comments your therapy ideas for using Sneezy the snowman!

Need some more snowman ideas? Here are some blog posts to help you plan a snowman-themed therapy unit:

 

Make your own Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Prop Kit to work on oral narration as a hands-on speech therapy activity.
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