It can be daunting to decide what materials to use when doing push-in therapy, especially if you do whole class lessons. I love to use books. I also love to use music. One of the best options for preschool is to use musical books.
Benefits of Musical Books
- They have built-in visuals. You don’t have to prep different visuals or as many visuals as other non-book activities.
- They are predictable. This allows children to understand and learn different vocabulary and concepts from the book.
- Children generally love them. You can play them again and again and again without the children getting bored. They may get lodged in your brain. The repetition is beneficial for children.
- There are many that you can incorporate into many different themes.
- Typically there are lots of options to do a smaller group or individual therapy.
Extension ideas for Preschool Push-In Therapy
- Take the characters/animals/objects from the book and use them in sensory bins, with playdough, free play etc. This will allow the students many opportunities to practice those names in many different contexts.
- Use the characters/animals/objects in unrelated speech and language therapy activities. If you are working on prepositions, use the animals from the book. If you are working on describing, use pictures and characters from the book.
- Use the actions from the song as movement breaks. If the book has actions, have the students do them when they need a movement break.
- Use the characters/animals/objects in speech therapy.
Favourite Musical Books for Preschool Push-In Therapy
- Driving My Tractor by Jan Dobbins
- Up, Up, Up by Susan Reed
- The Shape Song Swingalong By Stevesongs
- We All Go Traveling By By Sheena Roberts
- Walking Through the Jungle By Debbie Harter and Fred Penner
- The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter and Fred Penner