speech and language teaching concepts for Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial
/g/ final
/t/ initial (Tiny)
/p/ initial (Pointy)

Themes:

kindness
friendship
perseverance

Book Details:

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

Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

By Jonathan Stutzman

An unforgettable character teaches a lesson in overcoming obstacles: Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it! Join this plucky little dinosaur in his very first adventure, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug—a warm and funny tale that proves the best hugs come from the biggest hearts.

This charming and comical kindness-themed book can be used in speech therapy to target predicting and problem solving.  It is also great for addressing friendship.  Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
problem solving
character analysis
sequencing
illustration study
social/emotional
predicting

Sequencing:

order of events of each family member offering Tiny advice on how to give the best hug

Vocabulary:

feel, tiny, hug, advice, help, strategy, practice

Character Analysis:

Tiny overcomes his obstacles in order to help a friend.
Tiny learns that he can give the best hug to Pointy with his big heart.
Pointy feels better with the hug and love that Tiny gives him.

Social/Emotional:

friendship
love
empathy
kindness
caring for others
facial expressions/body language

Text Features:

bolded and enlarged font
placement of text

Predicting:

How will Tiny give Pointy the best hug?
Who will help Tiny come up with a solution?
Will Pointy appreciate his hug?

Problem Solving:

Tiny learns how to give the best hug even though he feels like he is too small.