speech and language teaching concepts for Hum and Swish in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/ initial (Jamie)



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

Hum and Swish

By Matt Myers

It’s a glorious summer day at the shore, and all Jamie wants is to finish her art project in the sand. A little time to herself is all she needs. But everyone around keeps asking her pesky questions she doesn’t know how to answer: what are you making? Aren’t you clever? Jamie does her best to tune it all out and focus on her creation . . . until she finds a like-minded friend, who’s as happy to work quietly as she is.

This creative summer and ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like creating at your own pace and not having a set plan. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting predicting as well as for character analysis! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hum and Swish in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​
illustration study​
figurative language​

Character Analysis:

Jamie enjoys the ocean and not having a plan. She is open minded and creative and does not like when others ask what she is making as she hasn’t figured it out yet. When another woman joins her, they both enjoy the creation “process” together.


Jamie and the painter let inspiration come to them instead of having a set plan on what they are making. They also enjoy a little piece and quiet.

Figurative Language:

sensory language
personification (the sea tells stories)


How do you think Jamie feels about the sea?
What do others think about Jamie?
What does Jamie think about her creations?
How does Jamie feel when others keep asking about her creations?
How do you think the sea makes her feel?
Why do you think people keep asking what her creation is supposed to be?
How does Jamie feel about the woman’s work?


What do you think people ask her?
What do you think she could make?
What do you think the sea tells Jamie?
What do you think Jamie might ask the woman?
What do you think they might make now?