speech and language teaching concepts for Danny and the Dinosaur in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/d/ initial
/n/ medial
/s/ medial
/or/ final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Danny and the Dinosaur

By Syd Hoff

Danny loves dinosaurs! When he sees one at the museum and says, “It would be nice to play with a dinosaur,” a voice answers, “And I think it would be nice to play with you.” So begins Danny and the Dinosaur’s wonderful adventures together. For Danny and his prehistoric playmate, even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like finding a big-enough place to hide a dinosaur in a game of hide-and-seek. But Danny can teach an old dinosaur new tricks. It’s the most fun this dinosaur has had in a hundred million years!

This simple dinosaur book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and inferencing. It is also great for targeting /d/, /n/, /s/, and /or/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Danny and the Dinosaur in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
verbs (action)


order of all of the things the dinosaur did


verbs (action)


How did Danny feel about seeing the dinosaurs?
How does Danny feel when the dinosaur talks?
Why did the policeman stare at them?
What makes the policeman funny?
Why does the dinosaur not know about the buildings etc.?
How do the animals feel? Why?
How did they feel playing?
How did they feel at the end?
Why did the dinosaur have to go back to the museum?


What else do you think Danny saw?
What do you think you could play with a dinosaur?
Who is talking?
What do you think they will do together?
How do you think the dinosaur could help the people?
Do you think the dinosaur will be good at hide and seek?
Where do you think the dinosaur will hide?

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