If I can, I try to listen in on Cali’s speech therapy. I can’t tell you how much valuable information I gain from watching and listening to Cali and Dawn interact. About one week ago, they were playing with an app called StoryBots: Starring You Books. It is fantastic!! Story Bots is an entire learning website complete with web fun, ipad fun, and iphone fun. All content and apps are teaching tools for kids to use to help them learn. Their collection resources is huge. As of right now I am only familiar with the Starring You Books. Dawn uses this to help Cali in SO many ways! Essentially Dawn does with this what she would do with any old fashioned storybook, but using the Starring You Books is much more entertaining and new for Cali. The whole idea, I’m thinking, was taken from the JibJab sing and dance songs. The ones were you place your face on a figure and you instantly become the star. Same thing here. Cali becomes the star of her own book by placing her face on the main character of the book.
This is how Dawn uses these storybooks to help Cali during therapy…
Vocabulary is the very essence of any book, and having a vast vocabulary greatly enhances your ability to communicate effectively with multiple people. If you had zero ideas on what to do work on with your child, pull up Story Bots storybooks and there will be a myriad of ways to improve your child’s communication. Use the various vocabulary to work on multiple goals. For instance…
- Pick out the unfamiliar descriptive words and tell what they mean by using the pictures in the screen. Then ask the child what they mean. For example: “It’s says the princess has a sparkly dress. Sparkly is something shimmers. What is sparkly like?”
- Similar to the way you present adjectives. Point them out and use the pictures to help explain their meaning.
Same and Different
- Simply pick out a new vocabulary word. Talk about how this word is similar or different from another familiar word. Or use the picture to give a visual to what is the same or different.
- Pick out a word and categorize it to a certain group. For example: the noun lion. Categorize lion into an animal group. A group by size. A group by color…etc., etc.
- This will help to solidify and retain the meaning of words. For example in one of the books, the word machine was too complex for Cali to understand by definition alone. Instead she made connections to other types of machines to help in her understanding. “It’s like a popcorn machine that makes something.” (This is why teaching categorization as an emerging skill is so essential). A child can’t make connections if they don’t have a file of categories from which to compare different objects, animals, people, etc.
- Have Cali recall information from previous readings.
-Use a word to help make inferences. For example, the word invitation popped up on a page. They talked about what an invitation was and then Dawn asked Cali what she thought the invitation might say. Cali’s response was making an inference.
*Don’t be worried if your child is like Cali and wants to repeat or revisit books over and over. The repetition is a great thing. In repeating books, you are able to reinforce concepts and ideas. Repeating stories also help to work on reading comprehension. Before turning the page, you can ask, “Do you remember…”