speech and language teaching concepts for Dr. Desoto in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial
/s/ medial
/th/ final


dental care
being clever
helping others

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Dr. De Soto

By William Steig

Since he's a mouse, Doctor De Soto refuses to treat “dangerous” animals–that is, animals who have a taste for mice. But one day a fox shows up and begs for relief from the tooth that's killing him. How can the kindhearted De Sotos turn him away? But how can they make sure that the fox doesn't give in to his baser instincts once his tooth is fixed? Those clever De Sotos will find a way.

This book is a “must-have” for any SLP working with narratives. Not only is it ideal to use as a narrative assessment with elementary or middle school ages, but it is also an excellent book for character analysis and for addressing inferencing. It is also great for regular past tense verbs and final /th/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Dr. Desoto in speech therapy below:ย 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
point of view


admit, dainty, wailed, bitterly, yank, flash, etc.

Character Analysis:

The De Sotos help the fox despite the risk.
The De Sotos outsmart the fox.
The fox is genuine when he asks for help, but then gives into his appetite and plans to eat the De Sotos.

Figurative Language:

metaphor – outfox a fox


verbs (regular past tense)
complex sentence structures


the De Soto’s mistrust of the fox
the reason why the fox changed his mind


What do you think will happen when the Fox returns the next day?
What plan do you think Dr. Desoto made?