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:

 

 

  • Red Hat, Yellow Hat (Boynton, S.)
  • Goodnight Moon (Brown, M.)
  • Dear Zoo: A Lift The Flap Book (Campbell, R.)
  • Have You Seen My Cat? (Carle, E.)
  • 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo (Carle, E.)
  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? (Carlstrom, N.W.)
  • Who’s Making That Mess? (Cartwright, S.)
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Christelow, E.)
  • Are You My Mother? (Eastman, P.D.)
  • Green Eggs and Ham (Eastman, P.D.)
  • Go Dog, Go! (Eastman, P.D.)
  • Up to Ten and Down Again (Ernst, L.C.)
  • Is Your Mama A Llama? (Guarino, D.)
  • Jump, Frog, Jump! (Kalan, R.)
  • The Snowy Day (Keats, E.)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Martin, B.)
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (Numeroff, L.)
  • A Bubble (Pereira, L.)
  • The Big Book of Exclamations! (Peterson, T.K.)
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk (Shaw, C.B.)
  • Sheep In A Jeep (Shaw, N.)
  • Caps For Sale (Slobodkina, E.)
  • Hi, Pizza Man (Walter, Virginia)
  • “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz” Went Bumblebee (West, C.)
  • I Don’t Care! Said the Bear (West, C.)
  • I Went Walking (Williams, S.)
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (Williams, L.)
  • The Napping House (Wood, A.)

 

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 keep patient and keep it fun!


 

Karina Richland, M.A., is the Executive Director of PRIDE Learning Centers, LLC, an educational company that works with children in special education and focuses on reading, writing and comprehension help. She is also 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 at info@pridelearningcenter.com

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