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

by The Dabbling Speechie

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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5 Crafts for Speech Therapy That Are Worth the Prep!

5 Crafts for Speech Therapy That Are Worth the Prep!

When it comes to lesson planning for your mixed speech and language groups, using crafts can be super effective! But, I know some of you may be thinking, “I don’t do speech therapy crafts because it’s too much prep and mess.” Now, I definitely agree with you that crafts can distract from sessions if they have too many tedious steps, or don’t ensure enough practice on speech and language goals. But, these five speech therapy crafts that I am going to share in this episode are worth the prep! Because they are easy to adapt, can be sent home as homework, used as a therapy tool and something student’s can pull out to practice in future sessions.

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The Key To Choosing Crafts for Speech Therapy Sessions

When considering making a speech therapy craft in your session, you want to make sure the craft is easy to adapt for different ages and goals.

Low prep is a nice bonus.

As well as a craft that can then be used as a therapy material to work on articulation and language goals.

Can be re-used in your future sessions to review targets or skills.

Something that can be sent home as the homework for the week.

All the crafts shared in this episode can do all these things! That’s why they are worth the prep.

Get five speech therapy craft ideas that are worth the prep!

Articulation & Language Crafts Mentioned In This Episode

Get ideas for articulation crafts that you can use to get high trials.

Here are links to all the crafts mentioned in this episode:

Windsock craft

Jellyfish craft

Articulation Paper Plate Challenge Craft

Language Paper Plate Challenge Craft

Articulation Craft Wallets

Paddle Paper Plate Craft

The Any Craft Companion is mentioned to pair with these crafts.

There are themed crafts included in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with lesson plan ideas and step-by-step visuals for making that craft. The crafts included can be paired with books for the theme.

Additional Crafts For Speech Therapy That Are FUN!

When you are a crafty SLP, it’s hard to only recommend five crafts you should do. So, here are some other fun crafts that you can do with your students:

Rainbow Crafts

Pout Pout Fish Craft

Summer Crafts

Tall Tall Grass Craft

Learn about speech therapy crafts that are easy to adapt for your caseload.

What Crafts Do You Love to Make With Your Students?

Do you have a craft that you love to make with your speech therapy caseload? Let me know in the comments or reach out to me @thedabblingspeechie on social media to share easy, simple crafts you love that are effective and engaging for your students. 

 

Get ideas for articulation crafts that will get high trials and be speech homework.

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Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

If you plan a spring theme for your preschool and elementary caseload, you will love all the spring toys and games shared in this podcast episode. When we think of spring, we often think of holidays such as Easter, insects, planted flowers, spring picnics, and outdoor activities. You will get a variety of spring toys and games that you can use to bring to life the concepts of your spring theme.

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Love Themes? But No Time for Planning Speech Therapy Lessons?

Why Are Speech Therapy Reports So Important?

Check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you love using themes for your speech therapy caseload but struggle to find the time and energy to plan your lessons. The membership is for busy school-based SLPs who serve Prek-5th grade students and want to streamline their therapy planning process.

 

When you become an SLP themester, you can access three themed therapy units a month!

 

For speech therapy, the themes of March and April include fairytales, weather, frogs, spring, insects, and chores. An annual membership gives you access to 36 themes, including penguins, baking, space, and camping, to name a few!

Need Themed Cheat Sheets for Using Spring Toys & Sensory Bins?

We also provide toy guides for all the themes in the Themed Therapy SLP membership with links to toys, games, sensory bin items, crafts, or activities you could plan for hands-on or play-based lessons. In our spring-themed unit for April, we provide sensory bin cheat sheets for a flower garden sensory bin, toy companion cheat sheets for a garden toy set, and baby chicks sensory bin cheat sheets.

Get ideas for spring toys for your preschool play-based speech therapy sessions.

Spring Toys for Your Speech Therapy Sessions

Get ideas for spring toys to use with preschoolers for play-based speech therapy

Using spring-themed pretend play in your speech therapy sessions can target a TON of goals and keep your students engaged. Plus, you can build schema around spring themed activities your students may experience this time of year. Here is a list of different spring toys and games you can add to your speech therapy material stash when planning a themed unit:

More Spring Toys & Games for Your Caseload

What Spring Activities For Speech Therapy Do You Use?

Get ideas for spring dramatic play to use in your speech therapy sessions.

If you have any spring activities or games you use with your preschool and elementary caseload, DM me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

I would love to see what you have planned to support your student’s speech and language goals. 

Spring Toys You Need To Add To Your Speech Therapy Stash

by The Dabbling Speechie

What is Theme Smashing? – How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month

What is Theme Smashing? – How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month

When we plan themed therapy lessons for our speech therapy caseloads we want them to help students make progress on their goals. In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast, we are going to be talking about how to play speech therapy themes by month and learning how you can theme smash two themes together! I will be sharing what theme smashing is, how to do it, and ways to think through the themes you are choosing throughout the year. 

Why It’s Important To Use a Theme for 2-4 Weeks

Get a free themed monthly calendar for planning your speech therapy lessons and learn what theme smashing is!

Before we chat about what theme smashing is, I encourage you to use a theme for longer than a week. At the beginning of this podcast episode, I share two of the benefits of planning only one or two speech therapy themes in a month. 

Free Themed Speech Therapy Planner

Trying to pick a theme for your speech therapy caseload can be overwhelming. When you have lots of paperwork and caseload management tasks, picking a theme can be the last thing on your list. That’s why I created a giant list of 100 seasonal and nonseasonal themes you can use to get inspiration for speech therapy lesson planning. Use the free speech therapy themes by month calendar to get organized with what to plan!

We discussed having templates for speech therapy reports is so helpful with saving time! Oftentimes, SLPs create a library of templates for assessment batteries and different portions of the report, which can take TONS of time to do. Or, we pull up a previous report and use that as a template, which leaves room for errors with having the wrong name, dates, or pronouns in the report.

What is Theme Smashing?

Get a free themed speech therapy planner and learn about theme smashing!

Theme smashing is when you work on two themes at the same time and infuse them into your themed unit.

You can bring in concepts from your last theme into the new theme to increase opportunities with background knowledge, vocabulary, and concepts from that theme.

Here are some examples of theme smashing options:

During this episode I break down how you can plan out these themed unit back to back to provide more opportunities with concepts from the previous theme. In the March and April months of the Themed Therapy SLP membership, we have options for baking, weather, insects, spring, community helpers and chores making theme smashing easier!

Links to Resources and Blog Posts Mentioned About Themed Speech Therapy

If you are just getting started with planning themed therapy or have been doing it for a while now, but need fresh ideas, take my free Themed Therapy SLP quiz! It will send you LOTS of blog posts and ideas for whatever stage you are in currently.

Here are some resources mentioned in the podcast episode:

If you have any questions about planning by themes or need ideas, feel free to reach out on social media @thedabblingspeechie

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What is Theme Smashing? - How to Plan Speech Therapy Themes by Month Ep 111

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