I absolutely love using interactive books during my speech therapy sessions. “Interactive books” are books that allow the listener to participate in the story. This type of book helps to keep the child engaged in the story and also allows him/her to work on speech therapy goals, such as; following directions, understanding verbs, or expanding sentences. Keep reading for my favorite interactive books for speech therapy and learn how to use them with your child or student!
5 Interactive Books for Speech therapy
1. All Better!
This is a fun book that provides five reusable sticker bandages. Each page has a different animal that got a “boo-boo”. The story asks the listener to clean the boo-boo, kiss the boo-boo, and put a bandage on. The child needs to find the matching bandage and place it on the boo-boo. This interactive book is wonderful for following directions, matching, and increasing body-part vocabulary.
I love to read Press Here when working with students who are practicing to follow directions. Each page provides the listener with an engaging one-step direction, such as; press the yellow dots, shake the book, clap your hands. After each action, you turn the page and something new/different appears on the page. The book is truly magical. Learn How to Use the Press Here Book for Increasing Language Skills
3. I got the Rhythm
This book follows a young girl as she takes a walk through her city and feels the rhythm. On each page she performs a different action, such as; snapping, tapping, or sniffing. I like to have my students imitate the actions while listening to the book. The story is great for increasing action vocabulary and following directions. This book gets your child moving!
4. PLANT THE TINY SEED
With this book, your child is asked to do different actions in order to help the flowers grow. This book is newer to my repertoire of interactive stories, but I have found it really useful for goals related to following directions and increasing action words. Some actions that are in the story include; tapping, waving, and clapping. I love to pair this story with a flower craft in the spring.
5. GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER!
Last but not least, one of my favorite interactive books for speech therapy is Go Away, Big Green Monster! In the first half of the book, each page has a new body part of the monster. I like to ask my students to point to the new body part or label it depending on their goals. In the second half of the book, the story says goodbye to one body-part at a time. I like to ask my students to repeat the phrase on each page (Ex. “Go away big yellow eyes”). If the student is unable to produce a sentence this long, then I am able to easily modify the task to something more appropriate such as; waving bye, or saying “Bye eyes”.
Please comment below and let me know your favorite interactive book for speech therapy. For more fun books, check out: 8 Best Flap Books for Your Toddler.