Reading is a great way to reinforce speech and language concepts for children. However, picking the right book can make all the difference. The Our Little Tongginator Blog explains why these book genres may be helpful for children with speech and language delays.
Reading a story with interactive features is not only fun, but instructive. Interactive books are great for comprehension. When a child can read about an action and then is asked to do the action, it helps him or her understand the meaning of the word. Books that make children lift flaps or touch objects reinforce motor skills in addition to comprehension. While some adults might find Interactive books silly, the benefits of adding actions to words far outweighs the silliness.
Animal Sound Books
Animal sounds are easy for young children to imitate. Books that incorporate animal sounds are great confidence boosters for children because they can easily imitate the noises, follow along and have fun.
Books that have repetition built into the story make it easy for children to anticipate what will happen next. For children with autism, repetition can act as a safe haven. Children with autism often see change as threatening, so having a book that repeats a motif or phrase can be soothing.
Books that Teach Sign Language
Books that teach sign language help children see they can communicate in more ways than one. For children with speech delays, sign language may liberate them to be able to effectively communicate. Once children can convey their thoughts so someone can respond, a dialogue can begin. Reading sign language books to young children can help them communicate before they can speak.
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Identifying with Characters
Another important genre that is often overlooked is books featuring characters with special needs. It is important that young children can identify with the characters in the books they read. This can help them better retain what they learn in the story and it can reassure them that they are not alone in their disability.
This also gives them opportunity to ask questions so they can better understand the world. Here is a list of books with a variety of special needs characters.