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Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day

Title: Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day

Author: Book:  Alyssa Satin Capucilli , eBook: Zuuka, Inc

Description: It’s Valentine’s Day and Biscuit and his friend spread the love…

Goals/ objectives:

  • “w” and “f” sounds
  • animal sounds
  • early sequencing
  • turn-taking in conversation
  • OT goal:  figure-ground perception
  • OT goal: craft project to go along
  • “wondering” vs “knowing”

Why I like this story: It’s Biscuit!  Need I say more :)

Ideas for use:

  • for minimally-verbal children, encourage them to attempt a “doggie sound” when Biscuit “woofs”
  • lots of opportunities for “w” and “f” production and simple sound-sequencing (e.g., “doggie”, “meow”, “knock knock”)
  • for more sound play, have Biscuit deliver valentines to a farm full of animals.
  • OT:  prior to reading the story, have kids make one of the adorable valentine crafts found on our Pinterest Board,
  • then act out the story pretending to deliver the Valentine using simple play house and people.
  • talk about conversational turn-taking.  With a girl figurine and a dog, act out the turn-taking.  The little girl speaks, then the dog barks and so on.
  • Use a visual to denote whose turn it is so kids get the rhythm (e.g. pass a bean bag back and forth)
  • OT:  the eBook has bones hidden on every page, encourage kids to find them and touch them.  There will be a tally at the end.  Great for keeping kids focused without being distracting.
  • Enjoy this adorable story, and then discover more Biscuit books…

Submitted by Karen S Head M.S. CCC-SLP

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red sled

Red Sled

Title: Red Sled

 Author: Lita Judge

Description:  A little girl leaves her sled outside at night, and realizes that she is sharing it with many forest animals!

Goals/ objectives:

  • Early narrative (simple sequence story)
  • Perspective taking
  • Early prediction
  • Emotion/Facial Expression
  • Vocabulary (forest animals: moose, raccoons, opossum, porcupine, etc.)
  • Social Pragmatics
  • Speech Production

Why I like this story: This story was recommended by a good friend (and also People Magazine ;)) and has been a hit with so many children. It’s mainly a wordless book with adorable illustrations.

Ideas for use:

  • Have children be the “teacher” and read it to you. Encourage temporal markers (first, next, then) and expanding on their language. Would be great to incorporate with early learning of story grammar elements (character, settings, initiating event, etc.) and pair with “Braidy” from Mindwingconcepts.
  • A great story to “act out” in a group. Have different children be the various animals and get on the sled (can use an actual sled, a carpet square, blanket, etc.). Great to work on “sharing space.”
  • Use thinking and speaking bubbles and have kids fill them in. What are the animals thinking, saying, etc.
  • Mainly a wordless book, but lots of opportunity for speech production. For example, I have been using for syllable sequencing kiddos, and making up different sounds the animals make (appropriate for their targets) as they travel down the hills (i.e. wooogoooo, gaaaaaadeeeee, moooooowaaaa, etc.). You could do this with straight articulation targets too.
  • The illustrations are great for working on simple prediction. What animal will be next? What will happen next?
  • Have kids write a “sequel.” What would happen the next day? Would they try another winter sport? Would new animals join? Kids can draw their own pictures, could create on a story making app (i.e. Story Patch), use google images, etc.

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

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goodnight

Good Night Gorilla

Book: Good Night, Gorilla

Author: Peggy Rahmann

Age: preschool, early elementary

Description: A sneaky gorilla steals the zookeepers keys, and lets out all of the zoo animals. They follow him home, all without him ever realizing.

Goals/Concepts:

  • Syllable sequencing (velar-alveolar sequence)
  • Animal vocabulary (zoo animals)
  • Perspective taking
  • Early Narrative
  • Reading Body Language
  • Early Prediction

Why I like this book: It’s one of my favorites because it can be used for so many goals. It’s consistently a hit with my younger friends, but also a great almost “wordless book”for my friends who are working on their narrative skills.

Ideas for use:

  • For kids working on sound sequencing (i.e. apraxia or underlying motor planning difficulties) they can practice saying “good night” (2 syllable velar-alveolar sequence) or “good night X” (3 syllable sequence) as the zoo keeper says goodnight to each of the animals on the story. Pair with touch cues. Great repetitive practice.
  • For other speech production kiddos maybe with “fronting”- good practice of /g/ (but challenging with the co-articulation….so consider that…)
  • Great book for perspective taking. Does the zookeeper “know” that the gorilla is out? Why not? Act out to help with understanding. There are lots of opportunities to discuss what characters are “thinking” and “feeling” (i.e. Gorilla is thinking “wahoo! I’m out…who else can I play with?”). Pair with cut out “thinking bubbles.” Copy pages and write in actual thinking bubbles
  • Lots of great body language to interpret and act out
  • A great book for early prediction. Who might the Gorilla let out next? (i.e. Is a cow a good guess? How about a tiger? Why is a tiger a better guess?, etc.)
  • A great story to retell. Have kiddos use their own words to tell you what is happening. Encourage temporal markers, and appropriate sentence structures.
  • For younger re-tellers- use pictures supports of the animals and sequence the order. Practice first, next, then, after that, etc.

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

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