I was recently contacted by a fellow speech language pathologist, Elissa Benjamin a couple of weeks ago regarding a language activity book that she wrote and published titled Preschool Make a Book. Elissa is a pediatric speech language pathologist with a private practice in Montreal. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from McGill University and a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Elissa is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Quebec. She has worked at several recognized speech and language centres in the Montreal area with a variety of clients. In addition to her private practice, she also runs a blog that you can check out here.
Preschool Make A Book (PMAB) is a therapy activity book for speech language pathologists who work with children in the developing phases of language (3-5 years old). This language activity book can be also useful for parents and caregivers as well, which is why I wanted to share it with my readers today. PMAB can be an excellent tool for a parent/SLP to target vocabulary, syntax, morphemes, emergent literacy and pragmatics. The book also includes the definition of a language delay vs a deficit (which can be helpful to parents), data collection sheets and instructions for parents or therapists to follow. There are ten different units including: brushing teeth, toast, bubbles, making cereal and much more.
I used PMAB with my children in a variety of ways since I received it. The first way I used this book was to print out all of the sequencing pictures from my color printer (there are ten pages of sequencing cards). I laminated each card and placed a small piece of velcro on the back (see second picture below). I used these cards for a sequencing activity for my children. I had them put the cards in order and “tell me a story”. The other way I used the book was to fold the sequencing pages into a small book. I had my six year old write sentences for each picture to help her practice literacy, narrative and writing skills. Elissa describes another way of creating the book in the “instructions” part of her book by using construction paper (see first picture below).
The book is available in digital and/or hard copy.
I have asked Elissa some questions regarding her book below.
PMAB was a project that I undertook while on maternity leave with my second son. I was itching to get back to work and had always loved designing therapy products while working. The activities in PMAB arre extensions of activities I had created while working with preschool aged children who had moderate to severe language disorders and overall very complex communication profiles. I found that procedural sequences and book craft was a fun and efficient way to target many different objectives. It was also an activity that could easily be replicated by parents in a home program. The goal of PMAB was to create procedural sequences around activities that were familiar to young children, to create a format that was simple for a speech therapist or parent to use, and to have it be highly expandable and variable. I also wanted to use illustrations that were slightly different from what you might see in speech-therapy products currently available.
2. Can you provide any tips on how a parent or caregiver can use this book at home?
The book can be used in two ways. 1) creating the book as its own activity and 2) using the book as a support for other activities. The activities in this book can be used during focused “arts and crafts” time, or to supplement other activities (such as bedtime, breakfast, park, etc.). It is a great book for transitioning your child between activities (i.e. “we are going to bed now! Look at your bedtime book please and tell me what we will do”). You can re-make the books in different ways , or you can just cut the pictures out into cards. The nice thing about these PMAB activities is that you can use whatever objectives you would like: vocabulary, grammar, syntax, early literacy and even social language, they can all be incorporated as the parent or speech-therapist sees fit.
The book is available digitally ($15) and in print ($20). If you purchase the print version, the digital version is included (hyperlinked and easy to print). The print is available on my website, Mojo Publications. You can also email me privately for a print copy. The digital version is available on Teachers Pay Teachers, and Etsy (look up Mojo Publications). The digital version is also available on Speechtivities.com which is an online marketplace for speech therapy materials that I discovered at the most recent ASHA convention.