Deep Dive: Using Olive the Other Reindeer in Speech Therapy – Episode 31


There are so many wonderful and engaging Christmas themed books out there, but that doesn’t mean they’re best to be used in speech therapy sessions. During our deep dive episodes, we like to take listeners behind the scenes on our process for how we go through books to use during our sessions. We aim to select books that check as many boxes on our key teaching points as possible, along with complete episodes. So in today’s deep dive, we’re discussing all aspects of the book Olive, the Other Reindeer

One of the reasons we love using this book in our speech therapy sessions is the versatility it has at addressing speech and language goals, along with the wide variety of students it can serve. We dive into the key teaching points it addresses and provide examples directly from the text on how to use it in your sessions. Olive, the Other Reindeer is a great book to use as a literacy-based speech therapy approach, so we encourage you to use it this holiday season! 

Topics Discussed:

  • The key teaching concepts you can address in your speech therapy sessions using Olive, the Other Reindeer
  • Reasons why we’d pull this book off our shelves
  • How to scaffold the figurative language for a deeper understanding
  • A list of predicting questions to work on with your students

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