The Duckling Gets a Cookie

Title:  The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Author: Mo Willems

Description: Another adorable Pigeon story, where he doesn’t understand why HE doesn’t get anything he wants. A little Duckling helps him out (and himself) in the process.


  • Perspective Taking
  • Tone of Voice and Vocal Volume
  • Social Skills
  • Question Asking
  • Prosody

Why I like this book: Mo Willems never disappoints. I love the characters expressions (great for teaching body language) and the humor that keeps kids entertained while addressing some goals.

Ideas for this book:

  • A great book to have kids act out (adult can be a character if necessary). Practice the body language, facial expression, tone of voice, etc. Use thinking bubbles to discuss each characters perspective (i.e. How is the duck feeling when the Pigeon is yelling in his face?)
  • A great book to practice “Tone of Voice” with kiddos. Stress HOW you say something. Use voice recording apps like Quick Voice and have kids listen and analyze how the pigeon is speaking.
  • Lots of examples of various vocal volume. Pair with the Incredible 5 Point Scale for understanding of various levels the Pigeon uses. Was his volume appropriate?
  • A great story to elicit question forms. Have kiddos formulate questions for the Pigeon. He states that he asks for many things (i.e to drive the bus, for hot dog parties, etc.). Have them generate how the Pigeon would ask? What words would he use? Who would he ask? Role play.
  • Carry over the idea above for more perspective taking. Who would he ask? What might the person say back? Why? (i.e. asking a parent to stay up late- what might they say? Why?).
  • Pair the 2 ideas above with a great post by Sean Sweeney M.S. CCC-SLP at on using fake texting to take both perspectives. Kids love it.
  • Click here for a funny YouTube clip of the Pigeon being interviewed about the book and title. Mo Willems is involved.
  • I use these Pigeon books for my more advanced kiddos with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) to work on stress patterns for prosody. Lots of examples of increasing stress on words, or changing intonation patterns to demonstrate questions vs. comments. Again, you can use the voice recording to help with understanding.
  • A good book for general discussion of social skills (as highlighted above). How to communicate with friends, thinking about others feelings and desires, friendship skills, etc. What were some things the pigeon did that may have made the duck think negative thoughts (i.e. tone of voice, body language, body space challenges, vocal volume, etc.)
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Submitted by; Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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Speaking of Apraxia

Title: Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

I feel fortunate to be able to review this book. Leslie A. Lindsay, R.N, B.S.N., the author of this book, and mother of a child with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) reached out to us to potentially read and review her book. I’m so glad that she did. I have found a wonderful resource that I will be recommending to parents and other professionals for years to come.

Leslie’s book combines parent perspectives (her own and others’ with children with CAS), the latest academic and medical research, as well as CAS professionals such as SLP’s perspectives. I love her clear writing style, and the way she organized the book. Each chapter has highlighted parent questions/”real life” stories,  the “nuts and bolts” of each chapter, a chapter summary, and extensive “Read on!” Recommended Resources, where she offers additional supports such as books, videos, websites, and even individual professionals with expertise. As a professional, I have found this extremely helpful and thorough.

One section I particularly love, and will be referring many parents to (both with and without a diagnosis of CAS), is the section she labels “Doctors and Specialists” (pg 37-41). Here she offers clear descriptions of the many professionals that can be involved in a child’s care. I find that these “titles” can be overwhelming and confusing to parents (and professionals alike). She lists the professionals  (i.e. Pediatrician M.D, Pediatric Neurologist, Development Pediatrician, Pediatric Physiatrist, Child Psychologist, etc.) and offers clear descriptions of their individual roles, which would help parents who are seeking a diagnosis or support for their child. There is also an extensive list of school professionals (pg 230-232) and descriptions (i.e. Special education Coordinator, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, etc). Additionally, in this chapter she helps parents through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and how best to support your child in the classroom.

Leslie also offers supports for parents who want to help at home. She titles a chapter “What you can do at Home” Tapping into Your Inner Speech Pathologist. In this section, she offers specific suggestions for parents for activities they can do to help their child “make progress in a fun and nurturing speech-rich environment at home and on the go.” I found this section to be wonderful to refer parents to. Parents ALWAYS want suggestions for home, and this is a great chapter on ideas. Again, these suggestions would be wonderful for any parent who is looking for ways to create a language rich environment for their child. She offers activities, books, arts and crafts, and toy recommendations. As a therapist, she offered some great ideas for me too.

The resources in this book are endless. I have only touched the surface of all that Leslie offers. She breaks down this complex disorder into understandable, manageable sections.  I have found myself referring to it constantly for ideas, supports for parents, and overall perspective. Her writing style is easy to read, informative, realistic, and organized. She provides a wealth of knowledge for parents and professionals. I am thrilled to share this resource though our all4mychild network, and at the clinic. I wish I had found this sooner. Thank you Leslie for this opportunity, and for your extensive knowledge on this important and at times misunderstood disorder.

  • Leslie is a parent blogger (and former nurse) on top of being a writer and parent of a child with CAS who offers great resources on her blog. Read it here
  • For more information. Check out this review of the book and more through discussion of CAS from @SpeechLadyJen Jennifer Hattfield, SLP)  at Therapy and Learning Services, Inc. Blog Radio Post

Submitted by Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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