speech and language teaching concepts for Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/skw/ initial
/sk/ initial
/air/ medial
/er/ medial
/k/ initial



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

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

By Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel is exactly the squirrel your child needs–a little bit anxious, a lot adorable, and totally lovable. He likes the safety of his nut tree, but not so much the great outdoors. And he’s about to go . . . camping?! Scaredy Squirrel is cool with camping . . . as long as he can do it from his couch! Who wants to deal with mosquitos, dirt, and wild animals when he can experience nature on his brand-new TV? Except–uh-oh!–first he has to plug it in, which means LEAVING HIS TREE! Luckily, Scaredy’s always got a plan. And he doesn’t realize he might just explore the great outdoors along the way. As young listeners see Scaredy face his fears in the silliest of ways, they gain perspective and courage, empowering them to tackle their own worries with a big smile.

This hilarious camping book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like overcoming phobias and anxiety. It is also great for character analysis and for noticing text features and illustrations as well as for problem solving! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving​
character analysis​
illustration study​
verbs (action)
verbs (third person singular)
text features​


order of steps Scaredy Squirrel takes to camp at home


comfortable, risk, rugged, wilderness, camp, distance, realize, plug, outlet, require, survival, motto, mission, boot camp, obstacle, conditions, drift, afar, inspire

Character Analysis:

Scaredy Squirrel learns that the woods might not be so bad after all and that even though there are risks to every situation, often times it’s worse in your head.


Scaredy Squirrel overcomes his fear of camping in the forest by focusing on appreciating how beautiful it is.


verbs (action)
verbs (third person singular)

Text Features:

enlarged text


What does Scaredy Squirrel think about going camping?
Why do you think he calls these things troublemakers?
Why do you think he wants to watch camping on TV?
How does he feel about the woods?
How do you think he feels going through the obstacles?
What does he realize at the end?


What do you think the problem is?
How do you think he will reach an outlet?
What do you think he needs each of his survival supplies for?
What obstacles do you think he will actually encounter in the woods?
What else do you think he will do to get ready for his mission?
What do you think he suddenly sees?
Do you think it’s really a penguin?
What do you think he will do with the extension cord when he gets home?

Problem Solving:

Scaredy Squirrel comes up with a plan to camp comfortably at home.