Kids are curious about that little room down the hall, next to the nurse’s office. What is that room for? Who goes there? It looks like a fun place! Why can’t I go, too? Kids who WILL be going to speech/language therapy have different questions. Why am I going to Speech? What is therapy like?
To help SLPs and teachers explain speech/language therapy to newly identified students AND the rest of the class, I’ve written three children’s books that address three different aspects of what we do.
“The Mouth With a Mind of Its Own” is about a little boy with such significant articulation issues that he can’t even say his own name. He is isolated from his classmates, who think he is speaking a foreign language, and he misses out on daily activities because he can’t make himself understood. Fortunately, the speech/language pathologist comes to the rescue and leads him through the process from screening to articulate speech. At the end of the book, I’ve answered questions submitted by students from my own elementary school in a section called “Get to Know a Speech/Language Pathologist.”
“There Was a Speech Teacher Who Swallowed Some Dice” is a silly rhyming tale to introduce students to all of the items commonly used in therapy. Kids love this “speechie” twist on a familiar tale. The book ends with a glossary of all of the therapy items and how we use them, and has a “Speech Room Scavenger Hunt” that you can photocopy for the students as they hunt for all of the items in your room — a language lesson in itself!
“How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname)” acquaints students with assistive technology, including augmentative communication, and how it changes the way classmates view a fourth grade girl who has significant physical and communication disabilities. This book ends with a section on disability etiquette. Katie is also available in a German translation from Amazon in Germany.
Each book can be a stand-alone lesson, but you don’t have to stop there! Here are additional resources that will extend each book into lessons in articulation, vocabulary, language, story mapping, and more. Click on the colored text below to get to the resources, the majority of which are FREE!
“How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname)”: I’ve created a Reader’s Theater version of the book and PowerPoint “scenery” you can project, a free Discussion Guide which can also be used as writing prompts, and a Communication Word Search. A Disability Etiquette video, “Making Everyone Feel Welcome,” told by the characters of the book, is on my YouTube channel. While on YouTube, check out the amazing video made by Polish students who have disabilities, inspired by Katie’s story, ideal for middle and high school students. Clever SLP, Truvine Walker, offers a number of free artic and language activities related to this book at her TeachersPayTeachers store.
“The Mouth With a Mind of Its Own”: Truvine Walker offers a free Speech/Language Companion Packet for this book on TPT that extends the story in many directions to meet a variety of s/l therapy goals.
“There Was a Speech Teacher Who Swallowed Some Dice”: Truvine Walker created an amazing Speech/Language Companion Packet for this wacky story — again, it’s free!
These books are super gifts for student clinicians and SLPs in the school. Autographed and personalized copies are available through Speaking of Speech.com. Did you order your copy from Amazon but wish it was autographed? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send you a free signed bookplate!