In my opinion, books and speech-language pathology go together like peanut butter and jelly! They’re two of my favorite things in the world, and complement each other so well.
I not only love using children’s books in therapy, but I also love expanding my knowledge in the field through reading… although I sadly don’t often have enough time suring the school year to keep up with my ever growing “to read” pile. I’m hoping to have some time over spring break – or (let’s be real!) over summer vacation to have a chance to catch up on my reading.
I recently shared a some of the books in my “to read” pile over on Instagram, and several of you asked for more details about them – so here you go! Here is my “SLP Books to Read” list, in no particular order. (And yes, I have a bad habit of starting books when I get them, and then putting them to the side to finish later!)
101 Strategies to Mark Academic Vocabulary Stick by Marilee Sprenger – Some of the ideas in this book might be ones you already utilize, but I like the easy to use ideas that can be implemented in therapy without specialized materials or lots of prep required. This is an easy book to read a few pages at a time.
Zones of Regulation by Leah Kuypers – This has been very helpful in giving me vocabulary and visuals to talk about emotions and actions with my younger students, particularly when I push into our younger elementary self-contained classroom that my husband teaches.
Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Don’t, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenberg – I’ve just started this book, but it’s an interesting read by a cognitive neuroscientist who reviews the latest science in teaching reading.
Piecing it Together: A Systematic Approach Toward More Effective Language Therapy by Martha Frimer Cheslow – I think this book would be especially helpful for a beginning clinician or an SLP who isn’t quite sure where to go with language intervention. I like how there are specific goal examples, as well as potential therapy activities to go along with the suggested goal areas.
Learning with the Body in Mind by Eric Jensen – This was a book I read in grad school, and recently rediscovered it on my bookshelf. I like that the suggested activities are simple to follow, and how it talks about the scientific basis behind the different activities.
The Informed SLP – I’ve done a more in-depth review here, but I love these bite sized article summaries, featuring the latest research in the field of speech-language pathology in easy to read and immediately apply format!
I’d love to know – what is on your SLP “to read” list? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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