This month we’re talking about BOOKS. If we were going to a deserted island and could only bring one therapy material...we would probably choose a book.

Why books?

Books can be used to target SO many different skills - from receptive language to expressive language to literacy skills to social communication and beyond.

They can be used for individuals as young as 6 months and as old as 95 years.

There are many different types of books so they can be accessible for all.

  • Pop-up books
  • Tactile books
  • Sound/animated books
  • Wordless picture books
  • Rhyming books
  • Alphabet books
  • Digital books
  • ...and more!

Let’s look at one of our favorite books, The Rainbow Fish. This book has a read aloud video on YouTube.

In this book, and many others, there is so much you can do beyond just reading the text. We can also look at the images and what’s going on in them.

For example, we can talk about where the fish is, what else is in the picture, how they might be feeling, and what they might do next.

These all touch on various skills including receptive/expressive vocabulary, answering wh- questions (who, what, where, when, why, and how), making predictions, and more.

Further activities related to this story could be making up your own story about what the rainbow fish does, doing an arts and crafts activity about the story, or reading another book about fish.

As you can see, there are many different types of books, and many different ways to use books beyond just reading the text! If you’re looking for more, we have an entire post about books with many more titles, examples, and resources.