Want some low prep ways to incorporate storybooks intoarticulation therapy?
Why should we use storybooks in articulation therapy?
- It makes learning fun
- It makes planning a bit easier
- It makes activities academically relevant sinceit requires reading/listening comprehension skills
- Perfect for mixed groups
- Makes it easy to incorporate themes/seasons intoyour sessions
I am going to share with you three ideas that don’t requiremuch prep that you can do to target your speech and language goals usingstorybooks. These ideas can be used withANY storybook, chapter book, article or printable story too.
Articulation Storybook Hunt
Let students try to go or a hunt for articulationwords. They can do this before theyread, while they read, or afterwards! They can make a list on a dry erase board, use highlighter tape todesignate when they locate the words (perfect since it won’t ruin the book andcan easily be removed), they can even make foldables to show which positionsthey found the words in.
Why do this? This canhelp them preview and practice words before reading out loud in a group. It can help them remember to use theappropriate movements and positions of articulators while reading the wordsapproaching with their sounds. It cangive them an auditory bombardment of those sounds while listening to you or apeer read the storybook.
Listen for the Correct or Incorrect Production
Have students listen to YOU read. When you get to a word with theirarticulation sound in….switch on and off from producing it right andwrong. Can they identify when you arewrong and correct you? Self-monitoringand self-reflecting on others is a good start before doing it on themselves.
Storybook Retell Using Articulation Words
Give your students a cheat sheet that has words with theirsound (it can be in the book itself or just ones that could be used to retellthe story like transition words). Makethem retell the story with those sounds. How many words can they use? Canthey use them all? Make it acompetition!
As you can see..you can easily use storybooks in your speechroom to work on articulation goals. Itmakes learning fun and doesn’t have to require a ton of prep!