speech and language teaching concepts for Patrolling Police Cars in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/l/ medial
/s/ final
/k/ initial
/r/ medial
/z/ final


community helpers

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

Patrolling Police Cars

By Tony Mitton

Patrol the streets with some cool animal drivers in this cheerful picture book all about police cars. Lively wordplay, vibrant art, plus a visual dictionary, make this title a must-have for bookshelves everywhere. This book is filled with humorous rhyming text by the award-winning poet Tony Mitton, which perfectly complements Ant Parker’s bold, bright illustrations. A picture dictionary identifying police car parts builds vocabulary and makes learning about police cars exciting and fun.

This exciting community helpers book can be used in speech therapy to address describing with a variety of adjectives and verbs. It is also great for inferencing and targeting /p/, /l/, /s/, /k/, /r/ and /z/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Patrolling Police Cars in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence ​

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary ​
inferencing ​
adjectives ​
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
phonological awareness



patrol, neighborhood, steady, emergency, signal, officers, radar, criminal, suspect, obstacle, barricade


verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

picture dictionary

Phonological Awareness:



How do police cars help police keep all things steady, safe, and good?
What do police cars need to have to help with emergencies?
What kind of information do you think officers need to access?
How do police and civilians feel when they get stopped for speeding?
How important are the police cars?
How should we treat police officers?

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