using Small Walt in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ blends
/l/ medial and final
/g/ initial

Themes:

winter
self-confidence

Book Details:

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

Small Walt

By Elizabeth Verdick

Small Walt and his driver, Gus, take on a blizzard! All the bigger snowplows doubt that Walt has what it takes to plow the roads in the storm, but Walt is determined to prove them wrong.

This sweet winter book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like perseverance and self-confidence. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting onomatopoeias as well as for repetitive text! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Small Walt in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
illustration study
figurative language
social/emotional
verbs (action)
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (third person singular)
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text

Sequencing:

sequence of events Walt takes to help with the blizzard

Vocabulary:

plows, load, inspects, route, grip, scatter, hums, squawks, blizzard, pelts, muck, drifts, blaze, falter, forge

Social/Emotional:

facial expressions
perseverance

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias
personification of the snow plows

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (third person singular)

Text Features:

repetitive text
italics
dashes
ellipses
all caps
large font
moving font

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

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