Speech and Language


Interactive books helpful for following directions

  • Press Here by Herve Tullet
  • Mix it Up by Herve Tullet
  • Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter

Books for sequencing

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle —
  • If You Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff *
  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff *
  • If you Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff *
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr. —
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Lucille Colandro *
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! By Lucille Colandro *
  • There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Books! By Lucille Colandro *
  • There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Shell By Lucille Colandro*
  • Bark George By Jules Feiffer–

*There are other similar books from these series that are equally as helpful and engaging.

Favorite Books for Overall Comprehension

  • Pete the Cat Series by Kimberly and Dean
  • Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin
  • Click Clack Peep by Doreen Cronin
  • Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson *
  • Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson *

Quick tips while reading to the child:

  • Point out the pictures, have the child label. If they can’t name certain items, name them and talk about what they are. Go back and double check that they retained the vocabulary after you are finished talking about it/reading the book.
  • Stop at least once per page and check in on comprehension by asking a simple what, where, or who question. For older/higher level thinking students ask a why question. If the child is having difficulty responding, try rereading the section where the question comes from rather than giving them the answer.
  • Ask them to retell parts of the story, or as much of it as you think they can.
  • Use repetitive phrases within a story as an opportunity for the child to expand on sentence structure/ utterance length. For example if a story repeats the phrase ‘But he was still hungry’ multiple times, after 2-3 repetitions the student may be able to complete the sentence if you start off ‘But…….

Speech-Language Websites*

  • Speaking of Speech: On this website you can find all different types of speech related activities. The materials exchange section has activities for articulation (you can search by sound), social skills, processing and much more.
  • Mommy Speech Therapy: This website has worksheets for articulation based on sound. This extra practice might be helpful for parents who are concerned about speech sound development but do not receive therapy to address sounds because it may not be an academic concern.
  • Story Place: This website contains short interactive videos that can help target different vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Speech-Language Apps*

  • My Play Home: This app is a virtual game of house. It can be used for vocabulary growth and following directions if played with an adult. It is best to play this along with the student, by labeling items and giving directions.
  • Educational Games for Kids: This app has a variety of games targeting different language skills. Including vocabulary growth, sound identification (which can help with later phonemic awareness), memory. It can be adapted to different levels depending on the child.

*None of these apps/websites will be beneficial for speech/language if not played under adult supervision. Adults need to give directions/talk about what is being done and label vocabulary throughout each game.