Why use books in speech therapy? Here are five reasons why I love using books in speech therapy!

1. Embedded Practice

Students of all ages are expected to read and respond to books/stories in the classroom. If we are able to target speech/language skills using books (in the therapy room or in the classroom), then the research shows that students benefit (Ukrainetz, 2006). They learn to use their language skills in a meaningful and “authentic” way.

2. Language Rich

Books are full of rich vocabulary and other targets. You can use them to target virtually any goal! Stay tuned to learn all about how I use books to target a variety of speech and language targets!

3. Mixed Groups

Because they are filled with speech and language targets, they are perfect for mixed groups.

4. Empower Readers

Literacy is clearly a huge emphasis in school. By breaking down books with our students, they experience success and are often empowered to read more on their own.

5. Easy Planning

Because books are such versatile therapy tools, you can use them with a variety of groups. They may not work for your entire caseload, but it sure makes planning easier if you can use one book for multiple groups!

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Do you like using books in therapy? Why (or why not)? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


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.

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