using You Matter in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/m/ initial (matter)
/y/ initial (you)

Themes:

kindness
self-love
everyone matters
connections

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary, Late Elementary

You Matter

By Christian Robinson

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

This meaningful kindness-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like reminding ourselves that we all matter no matter the circumstances and obstacles that we face. It is also great for inferencing and for targeting positive self-talk as well as for targeting the /m/ initial sound! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using You Matter in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
illustration study

inferencing
social/emotional​​

Social/Emotional:

Follow along as the thoughtful illustrations bring light to the importance of creatures- big and small, reminding us that we all matter no matter the circumstances and obstacles that we face.

Have you ever been going through something that your friends and family forgot to ask you about?
How did that make you feel?
Why do you think it’s important to “check-in” on our friends?
Have you ever been homesick? What was that like?
Why is it important to remember that you matter?
How do you think reminding ourselves or others that they matter can have an impact on our days?
What are some things we can say to ourselves when we feel down?

Inferencing:

What does she think about the small stuff that’s too small to see?
What does she think about animals?
How do you think she feels about them?
Why does she think these organisms and animals matter?
How do they impact us?
How do we feel when things don’t go our way or we have to try again?
How does the author show that everyone is connected?
How do you when someone tell you that you matter?

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