Therapy Tip of the Week for 2.14.12

Here’s this week’s segment:



2.14.12Make an “I Love” Book & Better Ways to Use Pictures or Flashcards with Toddlers

“I Love” Book

I read this idea here at Nurture Store a few weeks ago and adapted it for my specific goals in speech therapy sessions over the last couple of weeks.

This is a fabulous way to “hook” kids who don’t usually like to look at books since you’ll be using pictures of their favorite people and things.

Watch the video for instructions for making the book. Since you’re working with young children, be sure to choose durable materials like cardstock for making your pages. I bound my book since I have access to that machine, but you could use a hole punch and book rings or ribbon to secure the pages.

Don’t select too many pictures for your book. Sometimes less is more! I’d pick 5 or so pictures for most toddlers, and I’d never use more than 10 pictures for any young child! I only used 3 pictures for this little client since he has a super short attention span. Many toddlers with language delays struggle to maintain focus with this kind of task.

Ways to work on receptive and expressive language goals with the your book were discussed in the video. Suggestions are:

1. To build interest, excitedly ask, “Where’s _____? Where’s ______” and shout “Boo!” as you lift the flap.

2. For receptive language, rather than asking a child to “Point to ____” try FUN actions. Have him tickle, kiss, or pat the picture instead.

3. Rather than asking a child repeatedly, “Who is this? or What?is this?” build a verbal routine. Read the book several times using the same carrier phrase such as, “I love ____. I love ____.” Pause before you say the name of the picture. After several days of reading the book, pause to see if the child will fill in the name.

4. Practice answering yes/no questions with a gesture or the verbal response with the question “Is this ________?” Use LARGE gestures to model the correct answer and entice a child to answer correctly.


Better Ideas for Flashcards (IF you use them at all with toddlers!)?

Pick up a cute Valentine’s bucket with a hole in the top to use for placing flashcards in after you name them.

For receptive practice, place a few pictures (2-4 at the most for toddlers with delays) on the floor or table and have the toddler find the picture and then put it in the bucket.

I also like to place the pictures in first and have a toddler try to stick his hand in the hole to grab a card.

For kids who don’t like pictures, mix in a few objects to entice them to stay with the activity.

You could also hide the pictures around the room and have a toddler place the pictures in the bucket as he finds them.


I hope you’re enjoying these tips every week! I’d love to hear from you if you’re successfully implementing these ideas!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!




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