speech and language teaching concepts for Hero Dad in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/d/ initial and final
/h/ initial
/r/ medial

Themes:

patriotic/America
army
family
hero
love

Book Details:

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

Hero Dad

By Melinda Hardin

Some superheroes wear rocket-propelled boots, drive super-powered cars, and have X-ray vision. But other superheroes wear army boots, drive tanks, and go away for long trips to make the world a safer place. It’s a tough job, but superheroes can do it. With Melinda Hardin’s simple text and with Bryan Langdo’s endearing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, Hero Dad makes a difficult and tender subject more accessible to children with parents serving far from home.

This sweet patriotic/America book can be used in speech therapy to address themed vocabulary. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting a variety of verbs,  as well as for /d/, /h/ and /r/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hero Dad in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
illustration study
inferencing
verbs (action)
verbs (third person singular)
negation

Vocabulary:

superhero, Army, X-Ray, tank, camouflage, rifle, platoon, letters, solider, American

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (third person singular)
negation

Inferencing:

How does he feel about his dad?
How does he feel when his dad is away?
How does he feel when his dad comes home?
What does he think about his dad?
What kind of personality do you think these dads have?

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