Deep Dive into Using Jabari Jumps in Speech Therapy – Episode 58


Kids are excited and eager to try new things, but they can also have an internal struggle of feeling scared, nervous, or anxious about their new experiences. Summer often brings these new experiences for kids, so it’s helpful for them to read books about characters going through the same things. Jabari Jumps is the perfect book for this because it’s a fun and relatable summer-themed book that also teaches kids lessons. In today’s episode, we’re doing a deep dive into using Jabari Jumps and showing how to use it during your speech therapy sessions.

When we do these types of deep dive episodes, our goal is to take you behind the book and pull out all of the relevant key concepts that are associated with your student’s speech and language goals. During this deep dive, we share a quick summary and then discuss the main key concepts we’d use with this book, such as theme or message, illustration study, inference, and character analysis. We also highlight examples directly from the book and mentor sentences that you can use with your students, along with a fun activity to do after finishing the book. So by doing a deep dive into using Jabari Jumps, we hope you can use this book effectively for a fun summer read with your students! 

Topics Discussed:

  • The key concepts we’d use and the main reasons for using Jabari Jumps during our speech therapy sessions 
  • Why character analysis and theme or message are two of the major concepts you’d want to highlight with this book
  • Key items you would want to explicitly teach your students before reading this book
  • A fun activity opportunity for you and your students to do after reading to help further their knowledge and understanding

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