#004: How to Use Books in Therapy

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Wondering how to make the most of your therapy sessions using books?

In this podcourse, Marisha discusses how she uses books in speech therapy and how this five-step process has facilitated meaningful and functional outcomes for her students. She shares strategies to select high-quality books and how to use those books when targeting a variety of speech and language goals. Relevant evidence and practical demonstrations will be provided to show SLPs how they can implement evidence-based strategies when using literacy-based therapy.

So grab your favorite beverage, put your feet up, and listen in.

Key Takeaways

This episode is incredibly insightful and actionable. Here are a few key takeaways:

> 1. There are some pretty amazing benefits to using literacy-based therapy.
> 2. SLPs can use simple strategies to select high-quality books for therapy.
> 3. The five-step process for literacy-based therapy is simple (and fun)!

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

> Book and Article Recommendations by Target
> Organizing Literacy-Based Materials
> Book: Giraffes Can’t Dance (affiliate)
> Book: Snowmen at Night (affiliate)
> Expanding Expression Tool (EET)
> App: ToonTastic
> Mixed Groups Cheat Sheet FREEBIE

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Fey, M., Long, S., and Finestack, L. (2003). Ten principles of grammar facilitation for children with specific language impairment. American Journal of Speech‐Language Pathology, 12, 3‐15.
Gillam, S. L., & Gillam, R. B. (2014). Improving clinical services: Be aware of fuzzy connections between principles and strategies. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 45, 137–144.
Nelson, N. W. (1995). Scaffolding in the secondary schools: A tool for curriculum-based language intervention. In D. F. Tibbits (Ed.), Language intervention beyond the primary grades (pp. 375-420). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.
Ralabate, P. K., Currie-Rubin, R., Boucher, A., & Bartecchi, J. (2014). Collaborative planning using universal design for learning. Perspectives on School-Based Issues, 15(1), 26–31.
Ukrainetz, T. (2006). Contextualized language intervention: Scaffolding PreK–12 literacy achievement. Eau Claire, WI: Thinking Publications.


Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

Reader Interactions


  1. Renee says

    Hi, Could you please post a link to the product name/ where to get the adhesive pouches you put your cards into and store in the back of the books?

    thank you!

  2. Celeste Bosio says

    Hello, super visual learner here. Do you have a visual layout / list/representation of the 5 step process that you out line? That would really help me to process and remember.

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