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Children’s Books about Speech Disorders

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Books are a wonderful way to teach children about people who communicate in a way that is unfamiliar. They can also help children with a speech disorder feel less alone, knowing that others have gone through the same struggles.  Below is a list of children’s books about speech disorders. (If you have more suggestions to add, please leave a comment below!)

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Children’s Books about Speech Disorders:

Stuttering

I Talk Like a River

This award-winning book describes a “bad speech day” for the narrator. His father picks him up from school and relates his talking to his favorite place (the river), including its rapids and its calm spots. This book is a beautifully written, sincere read based on the author’s experiences with stuttering.

 

Childhood Apraxia of Speech:

 
The Boy Who Couldn’t Speak, Yet 

This book is about an elementary-aged boy who cannot verbally speak due to CAS. The story describes how he is treated at school and how his mother works with the school to teach the boy and the other students that being different is okay. It also highlights some of the positive outcomes from going through difficult times such as developing persistence, grit, and self-acceptance. This story is based on the author’s real-life experiences.

Beyond Words: A Child’s Journey through Apraxia

This story uses simple text to send a message about “listening with your heart, not just your ears” and that “friendship goes beyond words.” It is a great read for classes of younger children because it gives ideas of how to play and interact with a classmate who communicates differently. It also mentions the use of an AAC device.

 

 

Selective Mutism

Lola’s Words Disappeared 

Lola loves to talk until she starts school. Then her words disappear! This story follows Lola as she finds new ways to get her words to come back. This book includes techniques for anxiety management, specifically used for children with selective mutism.

The Quiet Little Clam

This calming book does a nice job explaining selective mutism through a sweet story. It also gives examples of how others can encourage a person with selective mutism, such as by giving choices and extra time to communicate.

 

Articulation:

 
Hooway for Wadney Wat

Rodney Rat cannot say his /r/ sound and tends to stay quiet rather than deal with the other rodents making fun of him. When a bully joins the class, it’s Rodney who outwits her and saves the day.

 
The Pirate Who Couldn’t Say “Arrr”

This story is about a pirate who can’t make his /r/ sound.  Barnacle Joe teaches him to make the sound (and gives helpful reminders for articulatory placement to the reader). The pirate then travels all around saying, “arrr!” This book is really more for practicing the /r/ sound, but also shows a character who works to correct his sound errors successfully.

 

Great to Read to Classes That Are New to Inclusion:

 
It’s Okay to Ask

This story is about five children who have disabilities or complex medical conditions (not just speech disorders, but one child uses AAC). They love to read, play, tell jokes, and make friends. It teaches that it is okay to ask questions about differences – and about similarities!

RELATED: Using Visuals to Teach WH- Questions

 
Be a Friend

Here is another book about being a friend with a boy who communicates in a unique way.

I hope you find some of these useful. I would love to add to this list – please post in the comments if you have any books to recommend!

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