Friday, August 12, 2022


THEME OF THE WEEK: Back to School

My theme the first week of therapy is always about Back to School and getting to catch up with my student. So much happens in 2 months and I love hearing what they have been doing. It is also a great time to see what skills are transferring to conversational speech and what still needs some work.


I love using these Back to School articulation and language wreaths for my established groups. It targets both articulation and language skills. I have included all about me pages for the new students that can be used the first week of school. We often hang these up for open house.

Back to School Wreath

LITERATURE BOOK: If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School Don't

I created a new book companion for this really fun book written by Elise Parsley. It is a fun way to introduce show and tell. I like to just use the tell part throughout the school year. Tell me something about many different categories.

GAME: Alligator Game

I am all about repurposing games and activities. I like to use my crocodile dentist game this week, but I rename it an alligator to go along with my literature book. I have created a game companion that can be used with the game or by itself. I often use it without the game. We collect the alligator's teeth.

Alligator Game


I still love using Boom Decks. They are a quick and easy way to engage the students.

Find the Teacher is a great deck for Back to school. Practice your articulation sounds as you search for the teachers. The students get to move the teacher nd students around the classroom after they find her/him.

I did also created a new Boom Learning deck for the book The Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books. This is a book I always love. I use these books every month of the year.  

I hope you find some ideas here that get you off to a good start this school year. Enjoy what is left of your summer. Until next time.​

Monday, July 25, 2022

Yearlong Literature Books in therapy


 Hi Everyone,

I love being able to use literature based activities in Speech Therapy. I started using literature books because I was looking for a way to make therapy more relevant to my students' class work. It ended up making it so easy to integrate therapy into the classroom.

I ended up creating book companions for some of my favorite and most used story books. I follow a very predictable pattern with my lessons. I have found this leads to more carryover for my students.

Depending on the book I choose and the groups goals I use a book for 2-4 weeks. A frequent question I get is how do I use the same book for so long. This is the typical pattern I follow.

  • Present story vocabulary
    • I start by pulling out the vocabulary that I am going to target with each group. My book companions have vocabulary cards. I create a ring of vocabulary words for each group. I use these all year to progress monitor vocabulary growth.
  • Read the story
    • Every session I read the story. I like to use books that take 5-7 minutes to read. During this time I ask "wh" questions or focus on skill activities.
  • Story comprehension
    • After reading the story I use my book companion comprehension questions and story element sheets.
  • Skill activities during repeat readings
    • During repeated readings I focus on individual skills that my students need. If a student is working on categories I might ask them to name all the animals in the story. When targeting past tense verbs I will ask them questions that require a past tense verb in the answer. Articulation students questions focus on their sounds. This is a perfect time for individualized questions.
  • Story retell activities
    • After we have read the story a few times we start to work on retelling the story. I like to use small toys or puppets when we start this. My book companions have a sheet to help with scaffolding this activity and puppets the students can use.
  • Alternate story
    • I like to end the unit with an alternate story. This is a great way to wrap of the story.

Every therapist and teacher seems to have favorite books. I think when you love a book it shines through to the students. These are my favorites:


First Graders, Second Graders and my special education classrooms

I have found that some years I find a new book I love, but these are my go to favorites.

I hope if you are using literature books in therapy you and your students love it as much as I do.