speech and language teaching concepts for Sylvie in speech therapy​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ initial
/v/ medial
/l/ medial


Halloween alternative

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary


By Jean Reidy

One small spider takes a big risk to bring together the people she watches over in her apartment building.

This charming Halloween alternative picture book can be used in speech therapy to address inferencing and noticing character growth. It is also great for different grammar concepts, including adverbs and adjectives! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Syvlie in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
text features
phonological awareness
complex sentence structures
character analysis
social/emotional concepts


thread, underside,  hideout, attention, promising, proper, mindful, brave, plan, crew, untested, unused, bland, appreciates, seldom, determined, perspective, warmly

Character Analysis:

Sylvie is very thoughtful. She loves the people in her building and watches over them. When she sees a difference in how the children are acting, then she is determined to find a way to help them.

Sylvie demonstrates character growth (note this in the internal dialogue she has) when she decides to implement a daring plan in order to care for her people.


How do you think Sylvie feels being unseen/hidden in the shadows?
How does Sylvie demonstrate bravery?
Notice Sylvie’s facial expressions.
Notice her sweating. Whey do you think that is there for?
How does Sylvie show concern and care for her people?
Who does Sylvie love?
How do the kids show that they care for Sylvie?
How do you think she feels now that she is seen and still safe?


complex sentence structure

Text Features:

thought bubble
enlarged text
question marks
exclamation points
underlining of text
text within illustrations

Phonological Awareness:



Why would a spider need to remain unseen?
How is it bold of Sylvie to reveal herself to her people?
How did Sylvie make sure everyone and everything was just so?
How do we know that the plan seemed rather bland?
How do we know that the blue sat unused? Why do you think this is concerning to Sylvie?
How is the tortoise’s exceptional bravery untested in the tank? (you can refer back to the author’s other book, Alfie)
What more might her people need?

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

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