I love using books in therapy. Reading books and using them in therapy helps develop important pre-reading skills. Books can be highly engaging and most children like to listen to an adult reading them a story. Books can also get children get excited about the activities they are about do in therapy. Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo is one of my favourites and just as important (or more so), it’s one of the children’s favourites too. It has a very simple and predictable pattern which makes it easy for children with poor receptive language skills to understand. The pictures are simple and engaging and, hey, what kid does not like to lift up the flaps in the book.
like to have. For some of the older children I will have them draw out their dream pet. This is great for expanding their sentence length or the amount of information they provide in conversation.