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10 Ways to Use those Toilet Paper Rolls!

By Chelsey Craig,

With this Therapy Share we’ll be helping you use your toilet paper and paper towel rolls to spark some language-rich, creative play!

  1. Staple 2 tubes together to make binoculars. Attach a string for a strap. Go on a birdwatching/animal watching walk.
  2. Cut 3 slits partway up around the tube, squish the cut end together and secure with tape to make an ice cream cone. Use kinetic sand, playdough, or wadded up scrap paper and play ice cream shoppe.
  3. Tape 3-4 tubes together as a telescope. Stick paper stars around the house. Send your child on a star hunt.
  4. Cut a tube into pieces, cut open on one side and decorate with paint, markers, gems, beads, etc. to make cuff bracelets. Put on dress up clothes and have a fashion show.
  5. Cut a tube into pieces and decorate to make napkin rings. Host a “fancy” dinner for your family.
  6. Tape 3-4 tubes together to make a pirate telescope. Turn a couch or bed into a pirate ship and sail the seas.
  7. Collect several tubes to use as bowling pins. Find a small ball or wad up some paper. Have a bowling tournament.
  8. Cut a tube into pieces to make rings. Stick a crayon or markers in a ball of playdough or have someone hold it upright. Play a game of mini ring toss!!
  9. Fold one end over and tape it shut. Fill with dry beans, beads, or stones. Fold and tape the other end to make a maraca. Play some dancing music and shake it to the beat!!
  10. Cut a tube to fit your child’s forearm. Cut a slit down the center lengthwise. Add a superpower logo. Slip the superhero cuffs on your child’s amr. Add a towel or fabric cape and Save the Universe!!

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Make Speech “Egg”citing!

By Chelsey Craig,

Eggs provide entertainment that lasts well beyond the Easter season, so why not use them to practice your child’s speech goals?!

  • For “WHO” Questions:
    • Have your child find or dye eggs with you or someone else and after, discuss “who” made or found each egg
  • For Requesting:
    • Hide the eggs in eyesight but out of reach to encourage requests for the egg. You can also tape eggs shut to encourage requests for help opening the egg to find their surprise!
  • For Speech Sounds:
    • Hide pictures/words in plastic eggs, practicing each word by itself or making up a sentence for each egg/word found!
  • For Categories or Same/Different:
    • Find dollar store trinkets, snacks, stickers, or small toys in the plastic eggs, and after finding them, sort by color, object, category, etc.
  • For Prepositions:
    • Talk about where your child found each egg; in the drawer, under the couch, on top of the lamp, etc.
  • For “What-Happened” Questions:
    • Dye hard-boiled eggs and talk about actions like “mixing the dye, stirring it up, dropping the egg in, holding it in, scooping it out, changing the color,” etc.

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This post written for you by Abbey Vielhaber, M.A., CCC-SLP of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

COVID-19 UPDATES

By Chelsey Craig,

To all clients and consumers of services at Columbus Speech and Hearing Center: 

UPDATE 5/28/2020

Audiology Department Updates

Our offices open for scheduled appointments only May 11, 2020.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is taking precautions to ensure a safe environment for all patients, visitors, and staff.

Please Reschedule your Appointment if:

  • You have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, cough, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, diarrhea, or loss of smell or taste.
  • You traveled internationally, or to an area of High COVID-19 Infection activity within the past 14 days.
  • You been in close contact or live with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

We will be completing a COVID-19 screening questionnaire on all patients upon arrival.

All patients and visitors will be required to wear a mask when in the facility.

We will be reducing and staggering the number of patient appointments to allow proper maintenance of social distancing.

We ask that you please not enter the building until your exact appointment time. This will ensure that the building is clear and safe for you to enter. Please come alone to your appointment, except when necessary for interpreters, guardians of minors, or others needing assistance.

All of these guidelines are in addition to the rigorous disinfection and sterilization processes that we have always used.

Speech Department Updates

On Monday, June 8th the speech department are reopening for in-clinic speech services.


All clients currently receiving teletherapy speech services will continue with teletherapy services at this time.


We are excited for the opportunity to once again expand our services to better serve our clients and the community.


Learn more about our reopening speech services.
Review our reopening guidelines.


Please call 614-263-5151 or email speech@columusspeech.org for more information.

American Sign Language Class Updates

Our American Sign Language courses remain online. To register for upcoming courses visit https://www.columbusspeech.org/home/our-services/american-sign-language/registration/

Resources

We’re here to help you shelter in place with educational activities and resources!
You can follow along on our Facebook or website for the latest social-distancing-approved ventures.

We’re sharing a compiled a list of resources from the Hearing Loss Association of America for you and those in your life affected by hearing loss who could become hospitalized. Without the assistance of family and friends communication can be difficult for those affected by hearing loss, here’s how you can be prepared.
Learn more.

Additional Resources: 

Centers for Disease Control: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Travel Information via the Centers for Disease Control: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Ohio Department of Health: 

https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/covid-19

World Health Organization: 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Coronavirus updates in ASL provided by CSD (Communication Service for the Deaf)

https://www.csd.org/coronavirus

How to navigate hospitals if you’re hard of hearing

Learn more

PAST UPDATES

UPDATE 5/12/20

Due to the recent extension of the Stay at Home Order our speech department will remain closed for direct face to face services until June 30th, 2020.


We are currently scheduling for summer speech teletherapy sessions. Our goal is to continue to provide excellent speech services to all of our clients and their families. Teletherapy allows our clients the opportunity to continue to make progress toward their speech and language goals.


If you have any questions or are interested in scheduling for teletherapy please call the center at 614-263-5151 or email speech@columbusspeech.org.

UPDATE 4/6/2020

Audiology Department Updates

Our audiologists remain available to assist you in a limited capacity should you need an urgent hearing aid service.
If you feel you are having an urgent issue with your device please call either 614-261-5452 or 614-261-5451. You may also email by replying to this message. Our staff is checking voicemails daily and will return calls within 24 hours.
If you find yourself in need of batteries or supplies, please let us know! We have a large stock of items and are happy to assist you in getting what you need from the comfort and safety of your home.

Speech Department Updates

Last week we rolled out teletherapy with our school contracts.
Monday, March 30 we began reaching out to our individual and group therapy clients to schedule teletherapy services with our wonderful clinicians.
We strive to continue to provide excellent speech services to all of our clients and their families. By providing the option of teletherapy we can help our clients continue to make progress toward their speech and language goals.
You’ll be hearing from us soon.

American Sign Language Classes Updates

Our ASL classes have migrated online!
Social distancing has most of us feeling stir-crazy. If this is you, consider enrolling in our upcoming ASL 1 course! You’ll learn a new way to communicate and make some friends along the way.
You can view course registrations here.

UPDATE 3/19/2020

Our audiology department remains open to address urgent items. These are scary times, and not being able to hear would only add to the burden of confusion, fear and social isolation that can occur. We feel it is imperative to remain open to serve the needs of those with hearing loss. At this time we are not accepting walk-ins and will see patients by appointment only. Our hours will be reduced, so please call to find out when we are open.

We continue to clean and sanitize to ensure the safest environment for our patients. Our staff is taking extra precautions as advised by the CDC and we ask that our patients do the same. If you are sick, or have been in contact with someone who is sick, please reschedule your appointment. It is recommended that all patients check their temperature at home before arriving at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center for their appointment. If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, or if you are coughing, please call and reschedule your appointment.

Our speech clinic is closed at this time. Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has suspended in-person speech therapy services. We are working diligently to offer telehealth speech therapy services. We will be in contact with our speech therapy clients and families about this option as soon as possible. If you are interested in continuing your therapy via technology please call us.


   ORIGINAL POST 3/12/2020

The security and safety of employees, clients, students, and volunteers at Columbus Speech and Hearing Center is our highest priority. In light of recent news regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) being present in Ohio, we want to share with you the steps and procedures we are taking to keep everyone safe and put your minds at ease. 
  
In the interest of public health and safety, Columbus Speech and Hearing Center is taking the following measures: 
  

  • All offices and services will operate typically. We recognize that information and the situation is evolving rapidly and we continue to monitor information as it becomes available.
  • Enhanced environment cleaning procedures are being implemented at our facilities.
  • We will follow the lead of national, state, and local public health authorities and implement recommended proactive strategies in all of our spaces as necessary. We will closely monitor the health of all employees. Any employees showing signs of illness or reports of feeling ill will be asked to stay home.
  • If you are a client of Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, we hope you will keep your appointment.  However, in the event you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (notably fever, cough, and shortness of breath) we strongly encourage you to stay home and take good care of yourself. 

We will remain attentive to the changing conditions and will make further decisions providing updates as necessary. Please remember to follow the precautions and preventive measures as recommended by the Ohio Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Please stay home when you are sick

Deaf Services Center, Inc. to Partner with Columbus Speech and Hearing Center to Provide Timely Transition of Vocational Services

By Chelsey Craig,

Columbus, Ohio, December 5, 2019 – Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing people in central Ohio can enjoy the benefits of two major non-profits coming together to provide Employment Services from one convenient location.

Deaf Services Center, Inc.(DSC) and Columbus Speech and Hearing Center (CSHC) have joined forces to provide career exploration, job application help, community-based assessments, job skills training, job development, coaching and retention to the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing communities in central Ohio. As of January 1, 2020, the two non-profit centers will be partnering together to provide transition of  these services and more to Deaf Services Center at 5830 N High St. in Worthington, OH.  This will allow DSC to provide employment services to individuals who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and with other disabilities as provided by CSHC.

Since 1971, the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center has provided employment support services through their Careers for People with Disabilities program (originally the Comprehensive Program for the Deaf) and Deaf Services Center began offering employment services beginning in 2014.  Both Centers are CARF accredited.  For the past 5 years, both centers have been the primary locations for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind individuals seeking employment.

 “Combining our talented team with DSC, will create a more robust program to serve the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Further, narrowing our {CSHC} focus to our core services of Audiology, Hearing Aids and Speech Therapy, will allow us to better meet the needs of those living with hearing impairment or communication disorders and allow us to expand our geographic service area.” -James O. Dye, CEO, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

“This is a first step to an outstanding partnership with the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center and will pave the way for future projects and partnerships benefitting the communities we serve.” – John L. Moore, CEO, Deaf Services Center

Established in 1991, Deaf Services Center, Inc. (DSC) empowers those faced with language barriers by promoting access to communication. Our resources help those who have hearing loss or are non-English users to fully access the English language in communicating with others. Headquartered in central Ohio, with satellite offices serving the northwest and southeast areas of the state DSC is the largest provider of services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind in Ohio. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, DSC works hard to empower the communities we serve. For more information, please visit our website at www.dsc.org.

Since its founding in 1923, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has provided quality, patient-centered care for tens of thousands of people with communication challenges in the Columbus metropolitan area and beyond. The Center offers many unique services in the areas of speech-language pathology, audiology, vocational rehab and community education, and is proud to offer a warm and welcoming environment to all people. For more information, visit www.columbusspeech.org.

Meet the transdisciplinary team that’s here to serve your family’s Autism diagnostic needs

By Clay Parlette,

The diagnostic team at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center’s Autism Diagnostic Clinic knows that every child and every family has their own unique questions, situations and needs. That’s why the team at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center consists of 6 Autism specialists from 4 professional areas of expertise. Together, with a holistic understanding of what a diagnosis means for a family, the team is here to offer the resources, recommendations and support that will be appropriate in navigating the next steps of the process.

Our team understands the complexities your family may be going through, which is why our approach is not a “one and done” solution that other clinics may offer. With years of experience in working with children on the Autism Spectrum, our team can help your family ensure your child succeeds in school and receives the necessary speech-language therapy or other support he or she needs. Meet our team below!

Diagnostic Team:

Jennifer Sami, B.S

Family Advocate

Jennifer Sami is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  She has seventeen years of experience working in non-profit management and program development. Her professional experience includes over a decade of service to diverse populations with agencies including Faith Mission and Southeast, Inc.   Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Family Promise of Delaware County.  Jennifer has been a Certified Bridges Out of Poverty instructor since 2013.   She is a mother of four and lives with her husband and family in Grandview Heights, Ohio.

 Julie Johnson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Julie joined Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 1998 and is an Assistant Director overseeing the Center’s group therapy and clinical mentoring programs. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from Bowling Green State University in 1998 and Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from B.G. in 1995.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Julie’s areas of expertise include diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders in children with a variety of speech, language and communication challenges with an emphasis in serving the birth to three population as well as those children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.

Leslie Terrell, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Leslie joined the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 2006. She earned her Master in Science of Speech Pathology from Loyola College of Maryland in 2006 and received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio University in 2004. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.  Leslie’s areas of expertise include individual and group services for pediatrics, with an emphasis in serving the birth to three population and children on the Autism Spectrum. She helped create and implement the Community Experience Program which helps children learn how to be socially successful within their community. 

Sandra Webster, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Sandra Webster obtained her doctorate at the University of New Hampshire, Durham and received additional training in clinical psychology through the Fielding Graduate University.

Dr. Webster opened her private practice in 2014 in the Westerville area, working with children and adults on the Spectrum and children and adults with anxiety disorders and depression. Play therapy for children is a central component of her practice as well as ongoing therapy for both children and adults on the Spectrum.  Dr. Webster’s practice includes professional assessment and diagnosis for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (children and adults), and learning disabilities. She hosts bi-monthly meetings for adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (a high functioning autism).

Sara Boggs, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sara joined Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 2006.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathologist from the University of Akron in 2006 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 from The Ohio State University.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Sara’s areas of expertise include treatment of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, pragmatic language disorders, early language delays, and hearing impairments.  She helped create and implement the Community Experience Program which helps children learn how to be socially successful within their community. 

Terri Heaphy M.S. OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Terri is a licensed occupational therapist and earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1995, specializing in Birth to Three population and her Bachelor of Science degree in 1983, both at The Ohio State University.  Terri founded Journeys, LLC, a private practice specializing in working with children from birth to young adulthood with a variety of developmental, learning and behavioral challenges, including children on the Autism Spectrum. Terri has experience working in an outpatient community center, providing individual, group and co-treatment services. In addition, Terri has provided consultative services to therapists, teachers, professional colleagues and parents in home-based, early intervention and school based settings. Terri’s areas of expertise include sensory integration, therapeutic listening, reflex integration, motor coordination, neurodevelopmental treatment, neurovascular integration, and feeding. 

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center receives $100k grant to improve Audiology services

By Clay Parlette,

Audiologist Lisa Richmond (right) consults with a patient about the options available to him to treat hearing loss.

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (the Center) is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from The Columbus Foundation, with special support from the Albert J. and Eve G. Pfeiffer Fund of The Columbus Foundation. These funds will support the Audiology & Hearing Aid Services program at the Center, allowing for a state-of-the-art upgrade in audiological testing equipment.

“We’re very proud to be the leading provider of hearing healthcare in central Ohio,” said Director of Audiology & Hearing Aid Services Dr. Karen Mitchell, “This grant allows our audiologists access to state-of-the-art equipment so we may continue to provide the highest quality services with personalized care and support.”

The Center estimates that roughly one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss―a condition that can lead to additional concerns like depression and dementia in older adults. The equipment upgrade allows audiologists at the Center to have access to the latest in audiological technology, ensuring the best and most up-to-date support for more than 3,500 audiology clients who receive services at the Center each year. Columbus Speech & Hearing Center continues to strive to be the recognized leader providing personalized service and caring attention to help the people it serves achieve their full potential.

“The Columbus Foundation has been a strong and consistent partner for the Center for many years,” said the Center’s President & CEO James O. Dye. “We’re grateful to have such meaningful support that allows us to make the most impact on our community.”

About Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Since its founding in 1923, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has provided quality, patient-centered care for individuals with communication and vocational challenges in the Columbus metropolitan area and beyond. The Center offers many unique services in the realm of speech-language pathology, audiology, vocational rehabilitation and community education. It is proud to offer a warm and welcoming environment to all people. For more information, visit www.columbusspeech.org.

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,000 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that have created unique funds to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Serving the region for 70 years, The Columbus Foundation is the seventh largest community foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s online giving marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy®, makes it possible for everyone to access valuable information about nonprofit organizations in central Ohio.

The Foundation’s GIVING STRENGTH framework informs its competitive grantmaking program. Through it, the Foundation seeks to impact a broad spectrum of community needs to improve the quality of life for central Ohioans.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center announced as recipient of grant from Ingram-White Castle Foundation

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (CSHC) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation of The Columbus Foundation. These funds will support the Speech Therapy Early Intervention program at the Center, which provides individual therapy for children with communication disorders, and group treatment which focuses on social emotional learning and development opportunities for children. Both programs are essential components in ensuring children can successfully participate in academic and social settings.

True to its mission of unlocking potential for individuals with communication and vocational challenges through all stages of life, the Speech Therapy Early Intervention program provides critical speech-language and social support for children with speech delays and other communication disorders. The grant helps CSHC continue to provide these critical services for all children, including those from households who rely on donor and grant support.

“Approximately one in three families who receive speech therapy services from us rely on community support,” said CSHC President & CEO James O. Dye. “This generous grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation ensures we can continue to provide those critical services for the children of central Ohio.”

About Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Since its founding in 1923, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has provided quality, patient-centered care for tens of thousands of people with communication challenges in the Columbus metropolitan area and beyond. The Center offers many unique services in the areas of speech-language pathology, audiology, vocational rehab and community education, and is proud to offer a warm and welcoming environment to all people. For more information, visit www.columbusspeech.org.

About the Ingram-White Castle Foundation

The Ingram-White Castle Foundation, which was founded in 1949, is still operated by the Ingram Family today. The Foundation’s mission is to provide physical, educational, emotional and spiritual nourishment to those who hunger for knowledge, independence and self-sufficiency. Recognizing that everyone benefits when we lend a helping hand to those who currently cannot help themselves, the Foundation invests with stewardship, seeking significant impact for those who yearn for a better life. The Foundation has awarded over $22 million in grants to support programs that serve disadvantaged students and help them achieve academic success.

How to get the most out of toy time

By Clay Parlette,

A trip to the toy store isn’t so simple (or cheap) these days. Parents and kids are flooded with nearly every kind of toy imaginable—from trucks with loud sirens, dolls that talk, balls that flash, and tablets that do everything under the sun. Sometimes these toys can be fun, but they’re not always worth the expense. And noisy toys in particular can be sneaky hazards to young children’s hearing health.

The most important function of toys is to allow children to express themselves, use their imagination and discover new things. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of toy time with your kids.

  • Pick toys without batteries, lights and sounds.

Research shows children communicate less when playing with electronic toys.

  • Find or make toys that your child is interested in and play at their level.

Some children like to taste toys. Some like to put things inside containers and some like to pretend.

  • Be flexible!

Toys can be used in a lot of different ways—not just how they were made to be used. Let them put blocks in the microwave, throw stuffed animals in the air, or put Mr. Potato Head parts in the wrong places.

  • Sometimes the best toys are household or outside objects.

Strainers can be fun bath toys or be used to put dry spaghetti in. Laundry baskets can be used as a car, boat or a place to hide under. Leaves can be blankets for a doll, and pine cones and sticks can be drumsticks.

  • Have fewer toys available.

Research shows that when there are fewer toys available to a child, they become more creative in finding different ways to play. It also increases their attention span. Rotate a new set of toys every month or two to change it up. Also, be aware that things like background TV noise can decrease attention to toys.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

 

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

 

“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.”

 

“Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said President & CEO James O. Dye. “We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.”

 

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center works every day via its Careers for People with Disabilities (CPD) program to help individuals living with disabilities to find meaningful employment. Last year, the program helped place 88 individuals at 77 different companies.

 

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.

Our Speech Therapists’ Five Favorite Picture Books for Kindergarteners

By Clay Parlette,

Ding dong! Is that the bell? The school bell? Classes are starting across the country and that includes your kindergartener who you can’t believe is growing up so fast. Luckily there’s never a bad time to make a trip to the library or bookstore to find new books to enjoy with your child. Here are the five titles loved the most by our speech-language pathologists, with some tips on how to make reading time more educational for each one.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The iconic story of this snackin’ caterpillar is one that kids of all ages remember and enjoy. Not only does the book introduce children to the basics of a caterpillar’s lifestyle, it also includes many fun examples of food vocabulary that you can practice with your child. See if they can point out “strawberry,” “pickle,” or “plum.” This story is also great for sequencing, with its use of days of the week, and counting, with its use of numbers for each type of food that the caterpillar eats.

2. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

Another favorite with great illustrations and good vocabulary examples, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear is a fun story with lots of potential learning activities. In the story, the mouse does a lot of things to try to hide his strawberry from the bear.  Ask your child to draw a picture about one of the things the mouse did and write a sentence that tells about their picture for a fun sentence generation activity.

3. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

This story is great for teaching your child about the concept of sharing and making friends. Higher level vocabulary adjectives like “wise,” “shiny,” and “pretty” are also included in the book. Like the other stories, practice having your child retell the story. You can also practice “cause and effect” with the story. Examples:

  • Cause: “Rainbow fish would not share his scales.”
    • Effect: “No one wanted to play with Rainbow fish.”
  • Cause: “Rainbow changed his mind and shared his scales.”
    • Effect: “Everyone wanted to play with Rainbow Fish again!”

4. The Mitten by Jan Brett

This classic Ukrainian folktale, retold by author and illustrator Jan Brett, is a recurring favorite with children receiving speech therapy at CSHC. Young readers are introduced to several new animals including a fox, a badger and a mole. In addition to the great animal vocabulary, there are many creative activities that can be done with this story. Examples include: cause and effect (cause: The mouse tickled the bear’s nose. effect: The bear sneezed.) and sequencing practice. Use this activity to practice retelling the story!

5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

The title says a lot about the plot of this story, using synonyms to teach your child to describe something bad. Like the other titles in this list, learning activities can include cause and effect, sequencing, and vocabulary. Most importantly, though, children are introduced to the concept of a bad day, how someone might act who is having a bad day, and how they can help make someone’s day better.