Category: Books for Speech Therapy

Use “Wreck this Journal” in Speech Therapy

My daughter bought a “Wreck this Journal” several months ago at a book store. I really did not know much about them. Then, she asked for another one for Christmas. So, I started looking at them. Man!!! How cool would these be to use in speech therapy?! Yes, even as a mother, I look at EVERYTHING from an SLP viewpoint. “How can I use this in therapy?” crosses my mind probably 10x a day (and that is on the low side). And OF COURSE, I bought her more than one!

Back to the journal…these things are so cool! If you are not familiar with them, they work like this: each page tells you something to do with the journal or that page. For instance, the page pictured below, asks the child to fill the page with circles they find. As you can see, my daughter found a bottle cap, a button, a coin and a sticker from Target.

Here’s Why I Love Them for Speech Therapy

I think these would be fun for speech therapy, especially for older elementary kids up to middle school. It would be a great conversation starter as well as a fun activity for students to complete. Give each student a page or complete the page together in the group-either way it will be beneficial.

  1.  Descriptions:  Several of the pages includes describing words such as “Place Sticky Things Here.”
  2. Being Observed in the Environment (which can lead to conversation!!) since there is a page that asks you to document time in a new environment
  3. Categories: Write down all the street names in your immediate vicinity.
  4. Asking Questions/Making a Request: Get this page stamped by someone.

These are just a few ways you could use these books in speech therapy.  There are several books to choose from.  Your book may not have the same prompts as the one I used here.  Spontaneous conversation  is a major added bonus that comes with completing the tasks in these books.

Speech Chick’s Favorite Winter Books for Kids

Today, I am bringing you my favorite kids’ books for winter. I love kids’ books. Probably more so than adult books.  I am not sure if it’s the illustrations or what, but I am a sucker for a pretty picture book.  Winter is great time to snuggle up with kids and read a great book about the cold weather.  If you live in the South like me, you appreciate books about snow…because we don’t see much of it!

So here we go!

Winter Book #1: SNOW

This is a newer book in my collection.  The illustrations are simply beautiful.  The story is simple so it lends itself to elaboration and inferencing.  “Snow” is the story of a day that snow was not in the forecast.  But one little boy holds out hope when just one snowflake falls.  It’s a very relatable story!  Seriously, you need to add this one to your wish list.

Winter Book #2: The Mitten

Really, what’s not to love about “The Mitten?”  The illustrations are gorgeous in Jan Brett’s version. I love books that use uncommon animals like a badger, snowshoe rabbit and a mole. This book has those uncommon animals that can provide discussion after the book is over. Where do those animals live? What do they eat? You could easily spend an afternoon on Google with kids! Give them each an animal to research!

Winter Book #3: The Jacket I Wear in the Snow

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow” is another great one for kids. I like that it teaches new vocabulary such as scarf, mittens and long underwear. The little girl has a problem that she repeats throughout the story. That scarf is stuck in the zipper! This provides a great opportunity to talk about how she could fix it. Talk with your kids about what you wear in the snow versus the beach.   Each page offers something that can be discussed. For instance, why are her mittens pinned to each arm? Her hat and scarf match but nothing else…why? Have fun with this book!

Winter Book #4: The Secrets of Winter

The Secrets of Winter” is an AWESOME book that you should put at the top of your list! What’s makes this book so cool is the hidden pictures you can only see with light behind the page. I use the flashlight on my phone, but you could use a small flashlight or hold the page up to the light. The book goes into how some animals deal with the cold winter months. I even learned about some animals’ hibernation routines that I did not know about! (I added a link to a fellow SLP and friend’s consultant page. I do not in any way get a kickback or monetary gain. I just wanted to share a great book and help out a friend!)

Picture of Shine-A-Light: Secrets of Winter

Winter Book #5: Snowy Day

The Snowy Day” is a classic. I don’t know of an SLP that doesn’t have this book in their library. If it’s great for therapy, it’s a great one to have in your home. What kid doesn’t love to trot through fresh snow, watching his feet make different prints? This one is definitely a fun read for a cold, winter day!

Playing in the snow is always a fun time. But it’s also nice to come in, sit by the fire with some hot chocolate and read a great book. I have given you 5 pretty spectacular books to share with your kiddos! What is your favorite book to read in the winter?

Usborne Books and Speech Therapy: Part Two

Sadly, almost a year ago, I wrote the part one of this post.  Yes, I know what the heck?!  Well, anyways, I am bringing some fantastic Usborne books to you for your speech therapy sessions.  I am glad I did not write this one soon after I wrote part 1 because I would not have done these books justice.  Not sure what awesome book I am referring to?

Usborne Books and Speech Therapy


These books are so much fun to bring into a speech therapy session!  I have several and really need to add to my collection  ASAP.

Usborne Books and Speech Therapy

Why Do I Love These Books in Speech Therapy?

Attention Getter!

First of all, anytime you can bring a flashlight into the activity, you have the client’s attention.  (Remember, I see individual kids so I refer to them as clients.)  As a kid I loved to make shadow puppets on the wall with the flashlight.  This is similar to that idea except the pictures are in the book, giving you the perfect shape each time!  Let the kids control the flashlight and watch their eyes light up each time turn a page!

Introduction of New Vocabulary

The vocabulary in the books is a good conversation starter.  I know in my Rainforest book, I had no idea a pink dolphin lived in the rainforest and neither did my little friends.  This topic opened up language between us to discuss and use language skills in a structured situation.  If you like Eric Carle books because they bring new animal vocabulary to your clients, you will  like the Shine A Light books for the same reason.


Another great reason to love these books is for inferencing.  Using the clues on the page, can you figure what animal/picture is hiding?  That’s what makes this series great for school age kids!  Take a guess on what is hiding with the kids.  If you are wrong, so what?  Once we discover that our guess was wrong, I go back with the kids and discuss. Did your answer meet the clues?  Maybe it’s an animal we’ve never hear of…like the pink dolphin!

Fits Perfectly Within Your Themes

These books fit great within your themes.  I have several than I use within my thematic therapy sessions.  You can easily take a simple theme, like ocean animals, and take it up a notch with “Secrets of the Seashore.” Sometimes, I have themes are geared to my young clients such as trains.  But when I add “On the Train” to the week for the older kids, I am able to stretch the theme to those kiddos and adequately address their goals!

So What Are Some Of My Favorites?

Besides the “Secrets of the Sea,” these are a couple of my favorites!  I plan  to add the apple tree and the Wonders of the USA soon!

Picture of Shine-A-Light: Secrets of the Rain Forest


Picture of Shine-A-Light: Secrets of Winter

Did you miss part one?  You can check it out here!

Favorite Back to School Books for Speech Therapy

Going to back to school this week? Not sure what you want to do during your speech therapy sessions? I got you covered! While I may not be a school-based SLP anymore, I still have my favorites! I try to incorporate them with my private clients that I see after school hours.  These books are in no particular order…they are equally loved!

Back to School Books for Speech Therapy

Hooway for Wodney Wat

I just dedicated a whole blog post to this book!  But who cares?  It’s getting on the list today!  This book is so great for back to school.  I love using it for articulation groups to really drive home the point how important using our good sounds is.  But I also like to use it for language sessions to show that we all have weaknesses that we need to work on this year.  Check out the link above for freebies!!

Back to School Books for Speech Therapy


Yes, this is another book  I wrote an entire blog post about.  But I still had to add it to the list!  This book provides a great lesson on accepting others’ uniqueness whether it’s a name, hair color, or another trait.  It makes it great for speech therapy!!  I like to teach the point that we are all in speech to work on things…each one of us has different things we need help with.  Your strength is someone else’s weakness and vice versa.

Back to School Books for Speech Therapy

If You Take A Mouse To School

This one is just good book to have the first week of school.  Predict what would happen if a mouse followed you to school.  What kinds of trouble would he cause?    It’s also a great story to use with sequencing activities as well as object function vocabulary.  This mouse book is a basic staple for your back to school collection!

Back to School Books for Speech Therapy

Wemberly Worried

What is not to love about this book?  Wemberly Worried is a great book for the little ones starting school.  You can easily talk about how they are feeling about starting school compared to Wemberly.  It also lends itself to talking  about emotions-which are difficulty for little ones to express.  You can even have your students write letters to Wemberly to make her feel better about starting school!

Back to School Books for Speech Therapy

The Gingerbread Man Loose in The School

Everyone loves the Gingerbread Man!!  This one is no exception!  It’s a great book to use for describing what role each staff member plays at school.  I always like to address “who” questions and describing skills when talking about community helpers.  You can do this with the staff members at school!  Plan a great scavenger hunt around the school to get acquainted with the building and people who work in it!

Back to School Books for Speech Therapy

These book suggestions should have you ready for school to start back!  Each book hold a wide range of fun activities for any speech therapy session.

Not sure you are ready?  Check out my favorite school supplies for SLPs!

Wodney Wat in Speech Therapy

One of my favorite books to read in speech therapy is “Hooway for Wodney Wat.”   I love to read it at the beginning of the year! Obviously, it is great for my /r/ kids but I think it teaches all the kids a little something.  It’s this great story of a little rodent, with zero self-confidence, standing up to the big bully, Camilla.  It is definitely a book that every SLP needs on her/his shelf!

Articulation Activities for Speech Therapy

I came up with some fun activities for you to use with your students.  The craft below is perfect for your articulation clients.  It’s easy prep too!  Cut out a large triangle (grey), two large circles (grey), 3 smaller circles (pink) and a speech bubble (from any color!)  You will need two wiggle eyes and you can substitute a pink pom pom for the nose.  Glue it all together on a piece of construction paper.  In the speech bubble, the students can write words or draw pictures of things with their target sound.  Can’t draw?  Cut out pictures from magazines!!  This is a great activity to do in speech therapy during the first week of school.  Get the kiddos talking about their targets!

You could also turn this same cute craft into a paper bag book similar to the one here.  Make the cover just as pictured.  Inside the book, have the students write words, draw/glue pictures of objects with their sounds.  Then send them home for extra practice!!!

Language Activities for Speech Therapy

There are so many fun things you can do with this book!

1. Talk about character traits.  What makes a good friend?  Bad friend?

2.  Play Simon Says to work on following directions!

3.  Give wacky directions to see if they students are listening.  For example tell them to “Hop on one ear.”  Talk about  if you can do that.  What should the real direction be?  Correct the direction and then do it!

4.  Compare Camilla and Rodney.  Or better yet, compare your self to Rodney or Camilla!

These are just few ideas!  I have included a set of freebies for this book!  There  are 2 compare/contrast activities, one story element activity AND homework for both language and articulation (TWO PAGES EACH!)

What are your favorite books to use for back to school?

Need more back to school fun?  How about this one?