speech and language teaching concepts for The Invisible Boy in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/br/ initial
/v/ medial
/z/ medial


back to school

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Invisible Boy

By Trudy Ludwig

A gentle story that teaches how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish, from esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton. A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend. Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody in class ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

This sweet kindness and back to school themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like bullying and including others. It is also great for targeting /br/, /z/, and /v/ sounds. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Invisible Boy in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (present tense)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (action)
text features


invisible, complains, invited, pair, together

Character Analysis:

Brian feels invisible at school by the way he is treated by his classmates. He shows kindness to a new classmate and through that, his classmates begin to notice him. Brian’s kindness is contagious.


including others


verbs (mental state)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)

Text Features:

speech text bubbles with characters’ dialogue

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