Reading is an excellent tool in helping kids with apraxia of speech find their voice. Kids love reading books that are colorful, predictable and highly repetitive. For kids with apraxia of speech this repetition is crucial. Repetitive books help kids with apraxia of speech grasp the content of the story much easier. When kids have less to think about, they can have fun and relax in the story. It also allows the child to repeat the language over and over again, getting comfortable with the words and sentences and looking forward to filling in the blanks with new words that really capture their attention. Kids LOVE reading the same books over and over again and that is a really good thing for children with Apraxia of Speech.
Here are a few of my favorite books to read with kids that have Apraxia of Speech:
- Blue Hat, Green Hat (Boynton on Board)
- Goodnight Moon
- Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
- Have You Seen My Cat?: A Slide-and-Peek Board Book (The World of Eric Carle)
- 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo: A Counting Book
- Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
- Who’s Making That Mess? (Usborne Lift-The-Flap Book)
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Padded Board Book) (A Five Little Monkeys Story)
- Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Go, Dog Go (I Can Read It All By Myself, Beginner Books)
- Is Your Mama a Llama?
- Jump, Frog, Jump!
- The Snowy Day
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)
- The big book of exclamations
- It Looked Like Spilt Milk
- Sheep in a Jeep (board book)
- Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
- “Hi, Pizza Man!”
- Buzz Buzz Buzz Went Bumble Bee (Giggle Club)
- I Don’t Care! Said the Bear
- I Went Walking
- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
- The Napping House board book
When reading these highly repetitive and predictable books with your child, keep in mind that a child with Apraxia of Speech will need just a little extra time to fill in those repetitive and highly predictable phrases. Remember, it is hard for them and it’s so important to stay patient and keep it fun!
While you are here, you might also enjoy reading Strategies for Helping Your Child’s Language Skills.
And… please check out the PRIDE Reading Program. This is an Orton-Gillingham program that is easy to use, heavily scripted out, affordable and used by homeschooling parents, teachers and tutors with great success. Let me know what you think.
Thank you so much for reading my post today!
Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com