using After the Rain in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/s/ blends



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

After the Rain

By Rebecca Koehn

Drip, Drop, Plink. The rain stops, and Levi runs outside to play in a stream of rain water. But Polly puts an end to his fun when she doesn’t want to share. It’s a puddle fight! Until they see that the water is disappearing fast. Truce! They find a way to save the water and discover that it is more fun to play together. After the Rain puts a new twist on the rainy-day picture book about sharing and learning to work together.

This fun spring and weather themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues teamwork. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting problem solving as well as for figurative language! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using After the Rain in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
illustration study
figurative language
text features​​


order of events that leads to them playing and working together


gutter, plunge, lunge, grate, rescue, dodge, stomp, attack, defend, rages, truce, dam, river, lake, construct


They learn to work together so that they can keep having fun!

Figurative Language:

personification (river rages)

Text Features:

moving text
change in text size
exclamation marks


How does he feel about the rain being over?
How does he feel about his boat nearing the grate?
How does he feel when he rescues the boat?
How does he feel when Polly wants to battle?
How do they feel when the water is drying up?


What do you think he will do now that the rain is over?
What do you think he will do when his boat goes near the grate?
What do you think will happen when they start to fight?
What do you think is going to happen?

Problem Solving:

They work together to build a dam so that they can keep having fun in the water.

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