Work Smarter, Not Harder: 5 Ways to Use Language Concepts in a Book in Speech Therapy

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 5 Ways to Use Language Concepts in a Book in Speech Therapy

If you love the Bjorem Speech Box of Sounds in a Book, you’ll probably be a fan of the Bjorem Speech Language Concepts in a Book! Both of these resources are digital downloads that contain targets and stimuli for speech and language practice. The Language Concepts in a Book download includes over 50 target sheets that encompass the following skills: environmental sounds, exclamatory sounds, animal sounds, regular plurals, irregular plurals, basic concepts, prepositions, verbs/action words, categories, emotions & states of being, and simple directions.

Curious to know how to get more mileage out of this resource? Read on!

1. Expedite session prep.

Work smarter, not harder. It’s no secret that SLPs have to stretch every minute they have, especially when it comes to session prep. Coming up with targets and stimuli for speech therapy can be half the battle. This resource provides multiple targets for a variety of common language skills. Save yourself time and headache and feel prepared to tackle your session with this grab and go resource! 

2. Use with mixed groups.

While this resource is designed to be a book of language targets, they can certainly be used for kids working on articulation (and other speech sound) skills as well. Challenge your students to find their sounds in the words/concepts you are targeting in your session. 

3. Pair with your favorite visuals/graphic organizers.

The Language Concepts in a Book resource provides targets and stimuli, but you might wonder how to effectively use those targets/stimuli. Using visuals and graphic organizers can help you get more mileage out of your Language Concepts in a Book download. For example, you might use a description visual support to aid in description tasks or a venn diagram to compare two things. The options are endless! 

Check out our language visuals and graphic organizers here!

4. Send home as homework.

The ease and convenience of these target sheets make them ideal for sending home for additional practice! Just choose your desired sheet, print and send home! For example, if a child is working on describing, you might consider sending home one of the categories pages (such as farm animals) and having the child practice describing the animals at home. This can be done with so many skills! Plus, practice outside the speech therapy context helps to facilitate carryover and generalization of skills. 

5. Mix and match targets/stimuli to work on higher level language skills.

While the title of this resource includes the label “early language concepts,” these targets can be easily mixed and matched to work on higher level language skills, such as compare & Contract and narrative. For example, you might want to work on generating and retelling stories. Set the scene for the story by choosing a character, setting and problem. You could cut and use targets from the categories - occupations sheet (for characters), categories - setting & locations (setting), and problem identification (for a problem). You can also use the emotions & states of being page to integrate emotions into the story. In this way, you can extend your “early language” targets so that you can also work on higher level language skills and everything else in between.

Bjorem Speech’s Language Concepts in a Book is a great investment and additional to your speech and language toolkit. It can equip you with quick, grab and go targets to minimize your prep time and allow for targeting of a variety of speech and language skills.

Grab yours here!

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jennifer @ Sat, Jun 15, 24

Thank you. I am working with my grandson who is behind