speech and language teaching concepts for I’m a Dirty Dinosaur in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial and final
/w/ initial
/d/ initial
/er/ medial
/or/ final
/th/ final
/sh/ final
/s/ blends



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

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

By Janeen Brian

Stomp, splash, slide, dive … This little dinosaur just loves mud! What does a cheeky little dinosaur with a dirty snout do? Why stomp about getting dirtier and dirtier, of course! Children will delight in this dirty dinosaur’s playful antics and just may want to join in with the sniffing, snuffing, shaking, tapping, stamping, splashing and sliding, not to mention the mud! A celebration of messiness and an irresistible read-aloud!

This playful dinosaur book can be used in speech therapy to address a variety of speech sounds, including /d/, /er/, and /w/ with its repetitive text. It is also great for addressing rhyming and sequencing. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I’m a Dirty Dinosaur in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

repetitive text
phonological awareness
verbs (action)


order of body parts that get dirty


tum, much, splatter, flick

Figurative Language:



verbs (action)

Phonological Awareness:

repetitive text


How do you think the dinosaur feels about getting dirty? (look at his facial expressions and body language)
What do you think the dinosaur will do next? (on the last page, note that the dinosaur is looking back towards the mud)

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.