3 Fun Fall Books From Interactive to Social!

Books are the best therapy tool! Beside the fact that our kids need more exposure to reading, a book provides a great way to work on a variety of goals with a central activity to tie a group together.

When I worked in preschool, I often used simple repetitive books. Children love that they can ‘read’ by repeating the refrain, and truly, it is a way to teach children to begin to read.

3 Fun Fall Books for Speech-Language Therapy- Looks-Like-Language
There are many reasons that I love repetitive books:
*to reinforce the speech or language skill you just worked on in a very functional activity
*a wonderful way to help students with apraxia or motor speech disorders to build their skills in connected speech
*typical speech skills student will get lots of practice with a repetitive refrain that incorporates their target sounds!
*easy to make these books interactive! (Thank goodness for laminate and Velcro!)

Mostly, I love them because I love books! What a wonderful gift we are giving to students if we help them learn to love books, too! The pictured interactive book can be found here.

Since I’ve been working with older, lower level students, I am always on the lookout for picture books that are not too babyish. My favorite finds allow me to work on inferring skills, problem solving and have multiple characters and perspectives to work on social skills, too!

I wish I could tell you that I have found the perfect book for Thanksgiving, but I am still on a search. However, I have 2 great books for fall that I successfully used this year.

I started the year off with “The Stranger” by Chris Van Allsburg. This is a great book for making inferences, and I love the illustrations. While the book is simple enough to use with my lower level older students, the illustrations keep it from looking babyish. I think it is important to use actual books, when possible, to get students looking back at the text to find the important details, whether they are answering factual questions or making inferences.

After reading the book, though, I loved using this YouTube video as a follow up. It is a well acted movie version of the book that gave my students practice in interpreting facial expressions and body language. It also let me elicit language for comparing and contrasting the video version with the book, and my students love almost anything when it is on a computer!

Since I was encouraged by this success, I moved on to another Chris Van Allsburg book: The Widow’s Broom. I loved using this book for some different reasons. My students who are working on narrative skills got practice retelling the beginning of the book from two different character’s points of view. I had them retell the story as if they were telling a friend abut what happened, getting them to take the perspective of each character. 

Even better, it is great for working on theory of mind. Will your students realize that the widow has no idea about the witch’s activities that night since she was sound asleep? The book continues with opportunities to discuss the varied point of view about the broom. Is it wonderful or evil? I’m sorry to say that I did not find a video production for it, however, but it is a great book! Try them out!

Wishing you and your family a warm, wonderful Thanksgiving with much to be thankful for!

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