Deep Dive: Using Brave Irene in Speech Therapy – Episode 34


With so many picture books out there, we wanted to use this podcast to highlight some of our favorites and share the best ways to use them during your speech therapy sessions. The book that we’re discussing today is one of our top five favorite picture books of all time, which is Brave Irene by William Steig. This is an amazing book that includes a lot of unique and thematic concepts to discuss with your students. In this deep dive episode, we’re discussing how to use Brave Irene in speech therapy and why we’d use it with our students.

As we pull back the curtain for how we select books, you’ll see that Brave Irene is the epitome of a complete episode and has so many key concepts to use during your speech therapy sessions. While there are so many concepts to use, we share why discussing the theme/message, the rich vocabulary, and the idea of character analysis are so important to the understanding of the book. After listening to this episode, you’ll see why using Brave Irene in speech therapy is a teacher’s favorite and why we pull it off the shelves for speech and language goals. 

Topics Discussed:

  • Why Brave Irene is a top favorite of ours and how it can be used in speech therapy sessions
  • The three key concepts that are highlighted in this book
  • Reminder to discuss words not directly in the text but encompass the theme or character
  • The relevant speech and language goals to use with your students during your therapy sessions

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