Books are an excellent resource to use in speech therapy to target a variety of goals. The picture books I use I get from thrift shops. My brother and I went thrifting recently and he helped me search for books (and other items I probably don’t need). During our treasure hunt I realized just how “picky” ( I would like to stay strategic) I am about buying books for therapy . Here are some things I look for when picking out books for speech therapy…..
When looking for books I want the pictures to look as realistic as possible. You want kids to generalize information you teach them in therapy sessions. Therefore, I want pictures in books to look as close as possible to the real deal. I cant tell you how many times I have opened a book and thought “I barely know what that is.”
Another reason I may stray from buying a book for therapy is the length. Often, I only have so much time in a session, and a child may only have a 5-minute attention span. Short, simple, 2-3 sentences per page are my kind of story!
- No words
Some time no words are the best! I know, I know this sounds so ironic seeing as how I use these books for SPEECH therapy sessions. But honestly, books with no words elicit SO much language. You can use the pictures to target inferencing and encourage kids to create a story of their own.
If I cant think of at least four goals I can target with a book, then it is probably not for me! Common goals I often target with picture books are: Wh-questions, sequencing, pronoun usage, and story recall.
Is there anything that you look for when selecting books for therapy? Let me know in the comments below 😊