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Great Books SLPs will Love to Read: Therapy Tips for Any Book

There are so many great books! How does an SLP choose? When you are at the beginning of your SLP journey, it is probably easiest to build up your book stash one book at a time. Why?

Build Your Skills for Adapting Materials
It isn’t just a matter of buying the books, it is also learning how to adapt materials to meet varied needs and come up with associated materials. 

Tips for how to build your skills for mixed groups using books in speech therapy from Looks Like Language.
Read the book first and challenge yourself

How many different goals that you are currently working on can be elicited while reading the book?  Write a sticky note for each of these and place them in the correct spot in the book.

Provide Repetition for Student Learning
What follow up activity will you do after the book that elicits the same vocabulary and goals you just addressed? This is important! All of your students need additional practice during the session to solidify the growth.

Current practice says that students with articulation goals should make 100 productions during the session. This can be done with any book theme by making a light photocopy of one of the illustrations and having the students daub or color in small circles for each production. 

Just print this free dauber page on clear plastic and then use it as an overlay on the book illustration. 

It is easy to make a dauber page from the book's illustration! Get the free download.
Voila! A book themed dauber page that can also be used for grammar, vocabulary, and WH? Practice, to name a few.

Use the book for a week as research shows that children retain vocabulary better through repeated readings. Plus, kids love to re-read favorite books and we are only using great books!

How to Use One Book for a Week
First reading:
👀 Explain vocabulary in context as you read.
👀 Make inferences from the illustrations.
👀 Make predictions about what will happen next.
👀 Discuss the characters’ emotions.
👀 Summarize the beginning, middle, and end.

Post reading:
👀 Collect additional data while filling out an organizer related to the goals. Students can write, draw, or discuss it together while you fill it out from their responses.
👀 Check story comprehension during a quick drill activity, an open-ended game, or craft activity based on the sticky notes you wrote for each goal.

Second + readings:

Students answer questions related to the post-it notes you took data on during the previous session to check their retention rate before reading.
Have students summarize what they remember of the plot. This is great for quick language samples, too!

Re-read the story:
👀 Answer WH? for each page, noticing details in the illustrations that support the text.
👀 Use a look back strategy when students are not able to answer the question, modeling how to look for the pictures or skim for the words to be able to find out the answers by themselves. Don’t just say the correct answer and move on!

Individualize by the questions you ask.
Vocabulary: What does ‘this word’ mean? Find the __.
Articulation: What is this? What word means __? Say it 5 times.
Sentences: Tell me what happened. What will happen next?
Social skills: How does the character feel?  What could the character be thinking in this picture? Do character1 and character 2 feel/see this the same way? 

Post reading:
Concentrate more on how well students are able to express the ideas from the book based on their specific goals. Use a different follow-up activity than you did in the previous session.

Additional ideas include:
👀 Have students take turns telling the story while drawing a picture for their part.
👀 Watch a YouTube video of the book with the sound off to retell the plot.
👀 Have the students role-play the parts of the different characters to see which of the targets are spontaneously used.

Get a free download and lots of tips for using books in speech therapy!

But what about students with limited literacy skills or other needs?

These students function at varying levels, so you need to individualize to their current needs, not the disability.

Nonverbal students may have appropriate literacy skills, but still need to be able to communicate during the book discussions. This involves programming their AAC device to be able to communicate about books in general. Their devices should only include vocabulary they will want to use again.

Symbol communication boards are best for vocabulary and concepts specific to one book. While they do take time to make, they are part of your materials to support each book and can be re-used, so it is worth your time.  These boards are also helpful for verbal, language limited students to expand their communication skills, too.

Students with limited reading skills can still increase their reading and verbal comprehension when stories are read to them. As they grow older, it is a good idea to support more independent reading skills. For example, you can read online using various dictation and text to speech options.

Students with very limited literacy skills may need to use adapted books, where the words are supported by visual symbols and the text may be shortened. Simple repetitive refrain books are great to do this with, whether you are using trade picture books or creating your own.

 What is your best tip for using great books in therapy?

Easy Tips for Making the Most of Less than Desirable Spaces

Making the most of the less than desirable space you have to work in requires two unusual jobs that you probably never thought were part of being a school speech therapist- mover and interior decorator! Of course, we wear lots of hats all year long but these are the two that we start the year off with.

The mover SLP unpacks all of the boxes that either were stored in closets for floor cleaning or went home to a garage while waiting to find out the next year’s work location.

The Interior Decorator SLP tries to make the best of the sometimes crazy space that is the speech room this year. (Did you miss the Worst Speech Rooms Ever? Find out if your story beats all!)

TIPS for Making the Most of an Awful Space

Use this free editable binder label download to brighten up your speech therapy room!

     👀 Get pretty, functional containers to store your stuff in. It will make you happier and be easier to move if you get offered a better space!

     👀 Look for a sale and buy a pretty sheet to cover up whatever the grunge is that you are dealing with! They are easy to hang up with a rope and clothespins, can create privacy, and give you a bulletin board space.

      👀 Get your table/desk clean and cover it with contact paper if you can’t.

      👀 Put up a poster window if you are in a closet.

👀 Get to be friends with the teachers you work with and mooch! They may be willing to share some stuff they aren’t using that year as long as you PROMISE to return it. Then be sure to schedule some of their more difficult students for the first makeup slots you have.

👀 Make binders for storing your materials more attractive with these free, editable binder labels.

TIPS for Organizing your Year

As you are unpacking, why not figure out a way to get more organized? Here are some tips this blog’s readers had to share:

Tatiana shared that you should be sure to have highlighters for color coding and lots of sticky notes!

Annie says that she makes back to school less overwhelming by spending 5-10 minutes prepping every day during the summer.

Ashley devised a spreadsheet for her caseload including minutes, goals and IEP dates to be sure that no one is missed when she schedules. Another bonus is that the info is easy to share!

Kate responded, “My organization tip is to START EARLY. The time you spend at the end of May pre-organizing for fall is so worth it! Stock depleted forms, update data sheets, double check your roster and assessment log.”

Have a less than desirable speech room?  Try one of these tips!
Sharing THERAPY ROOM Photos

This is how some of the blog readers did it!

Taking a little time to make your therapy space your own is so important! Walking into work with something that makes you smile is the best way to start the day. And, if you are comfortable in your space, you will foster interactions with your students that help them feel comfortable there, too.

Annie makes the most of her bulletin board space by having her supplies ready to grab. Great idea!

Kim works in a school, but she painted her desk to give it a bright and cheery look! Personalizing a bit of your workspace can make it feel cozier.

Kate is excited to share her beautiful, new therapy room now that she is in private practice.  After being in schools and dealing with whatever room she was assigned to, she now has her own gorgeous space. All of us with school experience understand why she is so thrilled!

What do you do to make the most of your space?

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