using Puddle in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/dr/ initial
/p/ initial
/d/ medial
/br/ medial
/l/ medial and final

Themes:

spring
weather
learning to have fun
appreciating rain

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Puddle

By Hyewon Yum

One rainy day, a little boy is upset because he can't go out and play. His mom comes up with a way to keep him entertained–by drawing a picture of herself and him going outside, playing in the rain, and splashing in a giant puddle. They have so much fun drawing themselves that they decide to venture out and make the most of the rainy weather.

This cute spring and weather themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like finding the positives in situations. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting sequencing and predicting as well as for sounds including: /dr/, /br/, /l/, /p/ and/d/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Puddle in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
sequencing
illustration study
social/emotional
predicting
text features​​

Sequencing:

order of drawings that leads to them going outside

Social/Emotional:

The boy is grumpy and only sees the negatives about rainy days until his mom makes a story about them. After the story they decide to go outside and both learn to go with the flow and have fun.

facial expressions

Grammar:

negation (can’t, don’t, never, no)

Text Features:

capitals
change in text color
exclamation marks
dialogue
large text

Predicting:

What do you think his mom will draw?
What do you think they will add next?
What do you think they will do when it rains?
What do you think he will do when he sees the puddle?
What do you think they will do when they are done drawing?

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