Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Best Books for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

I absolutely love using books in therapy.  I use them for my language clients all the time.  Recently, I've begun exploring using them more with my articulation clients and my clients with CAS.  

I'm not really sure why I never thought about it before, but books are a great resource for CAS because they can be so repetitive and offer a lot of practice on given words.  There is also quite a bit of research behind using books in therapy:

-children's books are highly predicable (Luckner, 1990)
-books foster speech and language development (Chamberlain & Strode, 2004)
-books allow children to fill-in the blanks without imitation, which can be challenging for children with CAS (Forrest, 2003)
-repetitive books foster development of phonemic awareness and other pre-reading skills (Lovelace & Stewart, 2007)

Here's what we know about CAS, repetition, and literacy:

-children with CAS have decreased intelligibility, especially as the utterance gets longer (Forrest, 2003)
-the more the child practices, the more automatic it becomes (Fletcher, 1995)
-children with CAS have error inconsistency (Jacks, Marquardt, & Davis, 2006)
-children with CAS are at risk for later language and literacy disorders (Lewis, Freebairn, Hansen, Iyengar, & Taylor, 2004)

Back in January, I wrote a post about my top 10 recommendations for repetitive books to use in speech and language therapy.  You can check out the post here. 

Today, I want to add to that list/specify which ones are great for CAS.  In no particular order, here are some of the best repetitive books to use with children with CAS:
1. The Napping House
2. Brown Bear Brown Bear
3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
4. Jump Frog Jump
5. Mr. Brown Can Moo
6. Moo Baa LaLaLa
7. Wocket In My Pocket
8. The Big Book of Exclamations
9. Red Hat, Yellow Hat
10. Goodnight Moon
11. Dear Zoo
12. Have You Seen My Cat?
13. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
14. I Don't Care! Said the Bear
15. Is Your Mama a Llama?

What would you add to this list? 

References from above to check out:
Chamberlain, C. & Strode, R. (2004). Making It Fun: Practicing Speech at Home. First Apraxia- KIDS Parent Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fletcher, S.G. (1995). Articulation: A Physiological Approach. San Diego, CA: Singular Publishing Group.

Forrest, K. (2003) Diagnostic criteria of developmental apraxia of speech used by clinical speech language pathologists. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology / American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 12 (3), 376-80.

Jacks, A., Marquardt, T.P., Davis, B.L. (2006) Consonant and syllable structure patterns in childhood apraxia of speech: developmental change in three children. Journal of Communication Disorders, 39, 424-41.

Lewis, B.A., Freebairn, L.A., Hansen, A.J., Iyengar, S.K., & Taylor, H.G. (2004) School-age follow-up of children with childhood apraxia of speech. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 35, 122-40.

Lovelace, S. & Stewart, S.R. (2007) Increasing print awareness in preschoolers with language impairment using non-evocative print referencing. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 38 (1), 16-30.

Luckner, J., “Predictable Books: Captivating Young Readers.” In Perspectives in Education and Deafness, October/November, 1990.

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