using Words and Your Heart in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/or/
/er/

Themes:

Valentine’s Day
treating others how we want to be treated
impact of words on feelings
kindness

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

Words and Your Heart

By Kate Jane Neal

This book is about your heart (the little bit inside of you that makes you, you!) The words we listen to can affect how we feel. Some words can do amazing things and make us happy. And some words can really hurt us (we all know what sort of words those are). Our words have power, and we can choose to use them to make the world a better place.

This powerful Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like feelings, how words impact us, kindness, and making supportive statements. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting figurative language and inferencing as well as for /or/ and /er/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Words and Your Heart in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
illustration study
inferencing
figurative language
social/emotional
text features​​

Social/Emotional:

facial expressions
feelings
how words impact us
supportive statements

Figurative Language:

personification of words
simile
onomatopoeias

Text Features:

speech bubbles
large font
exclamation marks
capitals
change in color
change in font
moving text

Inferencing:

Why do you think you heart is important?
How can the words that we hear go into our heart?
How do they impact how we feel? What about how other people feel?
How can our words do amazing things?
How can we feel if words make us want to sing?
How can we feel if words can be like a deadly arrow that can pierce someone’s heart?
How can our words change how someone’s heart feels?
How do the words we say impact one’s personality?

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