Wordless picture books are some of my favorite tools to use with children of all ages. If you’re not currently using them, I highly recommend getting a few books and introducing them into your speech therapy practice. Because there are only illustrations, wordless picture books are a versatile tool with tons of language opportunities. They give children (and you!) the chance to explore language in creative and engaging ways.
Some ways to use wordless picture books:
- Dissect the Illustrations: Have children describe what they see in the picture. This could be as simple as pointing out an object they recognize or more complex in describing the scene.
- Tell a Detailed Story: Start a narrative for the story, then ask the child to take over. Ask engaging questions to get them to expand on the story they create.
- Ask for a Prediction/Recommendation: Ask the child what they think will happen next or what they think the main character in the story should do next.
- Retell the Script: Go through the book with a script to tell the story. Have the child retell the story again in their own words.
- Ask for an Opinion: Once you’ve completed the story, ask the child to tell you what they did or did not like about the story or its illustrations.
- Inferencing: Wordless picture books are highly dependent on making inferences to comprehend the story. This makes them perfect for working on inferring from pictures. Making inferences from picture books is a great in-between step between simple pictures and text-based inferences.
- Comprehension Goals: Picture books are an awesome way to work on and access comprehension goals with students who have difficulty reading.
Some favorite wordless picture books:
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