speech and language teaching concepts for a sled for gabo in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:




Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

A Sled for Gabo

By Emma Otheguy

On the day it snows, Gabo sees kids tugging sleds up the hill, then coasting down, whooping all the while. Gabo wishes he could join them, but his hat is too small, and he doesn’t have boots or a sled. But he does have warm and welcoming neighbors in his new town who help him solve the problem in the sweetest way possible!

This sweet winter book can be used in speech therapy to address problem solving and negation. It is also great for noticing prepositional phrases and verbs. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using A Sled for Gabo in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
character analysis
social/emotional concepts
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
prepositional phrases


order of people Gabo interacted with on his snow day


glimpsed, tugging, shrieking, “vamos a resolver”

Character Analysis:

Gabo is shy around kids, but is able to talk easily with adults and his neighborhood dog friends. When a neighborhood dog provides a distraction, Gabo feels less shy and befriends one of his neighbor’s granddaughters.


facial expressions


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
prepositional phrases


What do you think Gabo’s mom is warming up in the pot?
What do you think Gabo wants to do when he sees the kids sledding in the snow?
What do you think Madrina brought for Gabo?
What do you think Gabo will do after he sees Isa sledding down the hill on his tray?
What do you think Isa and Gabo are going to eat at Gabo’s house?

Problem Solving:

Gabo doesn’t have warm clothes for playing out in the snow.
Gabo doesn’t have a sled, but wants to go sledding do the snow hill.
Gabo is shy and is nervous to make new friends.

If you are interested in seeing other winter books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.