If you are thinking about your Christmas SLT wish list, we thought we would give you some ideas. So today, here are my top 10 resource books. Please note this post contains amazon affiliate links – click on the pictures for more information. In no particular order:-
- Rhodes to Language
I LOVE this book. I have every single game laminated and made up. I use it nearly everyday. When you are working on sentence level tasks it is easy to get caught out if you have to think of examples on the spot – this book has saved me!
- Language for thinking
Another go to book. This resource is to support children’s verbal reasoning skills. It is easy to use with clear instructions. The pictures are great and detailed. I also love the use of 3 levels of questions, so you can help the child progress.
- Playing with ……k
This book is by Lucy Sanctuary and she has done a few others as well – they are all fantastic! There are so many different and great ideas to support children at all levels. I have been working for over 10 years and there where ideas in here I hadn’t thought of! You can read more about them here.
- Word Aware
Our second entry from Stephan and Anna! This is a whole school approach to teaching vocabulary. There are great game ideas and resources as well which I use in my 1:1 and group therapy sessions. If you haven’t been on the training I would highly recommend it. You can read more about it here.
- Reading between the lines
This is another book that doesn’t leave my bag and the best bit is that there is no preparation needed! The book is designed to help children work on their inferencing skills. It had a range of chapters all split into 4 levels.
There are a number of great books from Alex Kelly in this range but this is the one I use the most! It is aimed at Primary aged children and provides many great group activities to support social skills.
- Helping children hang onto your every word
This book helps break down behaviours and offers different ideas to try. It looks at all areas linked to listening and attention. For more information you can read Helen’s post here.
Again, Elklan have a fantastic range of resources available – go and have a look in their shop. I particularly like and use the language builders book. It gives games, ideas and actives for all areas of language and communication development. It is written in a very accessible way so you can give it to parents or teachers, as well as giving SLT’s good ideas!
- Speaking, Listening and Understanding
This is another book with endless activities for groups sessions to support all areas of language and communication development. I find the layout a little confusing, but you can still dip in and out and find great activities to try!
Now technically this isn’t a book as it comes on a CD, but it is a fantastic resource! Another one that I always have laminated and ready to go in my bag. I particularly like the word families pack, but I use lots of the of them!