This OR That: David Goes to School and Clark the Shark – Episode 11


We’re back with another this or that episode! This time we’re comparing the books David Goes to School and Clark the Shark. With back to school season just around the corner, these books are popular to start with your speech therapy sessions for the year with. However, we believe that one book is more complete and a better message to use with your students.

Coming back to school or transitioning to a new school can be overwhelming and scary for some students, particularly for those students we serve. With that idea in mind, both of these books have the same message, but different approaches.

It’s important to start kids with an engaging book that has a positive message. It can be difficult finding the right book, so we’re taking you behind the scenes and revealing our process for selecting books to use in our speech therapy sessions in our this or that episode! 

Topics Discussed:

  • A summary of David Goes to School and Clark the Shark, and the themes for each
  • Different ways that each book is engaging, are complete episodes, and has targets for speech therapy
  • Both books express the same theme and message, but one shows more positive reinforcement of good behavior
  • How students can learn social rules and self-regulation with discussions from the books

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Do you want to use picture books more in your speech therapy sessions, but have no idea where to start? OR are you already using books in therapy but find it time-consuming to find the RIGHT book and identify relevant speech and language concepts?

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