Parent Information - Reviews of... Books, Games, Videos
The following resources are ones that either I have used personally or
are recommendations that have come to me via feedback from this
I have split up the resource reviews table into the following sections
| Children's books | Reference
books (Speech related issues) | Teaching Reading
| Games / Toys | CD ROMS |
Videos / Audio CDs |
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We can not accept any responsibility for any advice or information given.
These resources should only be used to support professional speech therapy
and are in no way meant to be a replacement for such therapy.
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- Dr Seuss books I have found many
of the range of Dr Seuss books very useful e.g.
- The Cat in the Hat,
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
- Fox in Sox,
- Green Eggs and Ham,
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
- There's a Wocket in my Pocket
- Horton Hears a Who!
- The Lorax
I have found these books very useful for encouraging Beth's
speech. Rhyming text seems particularly helpful for developing
her understanding of the order in which sounds are appearing
- Letterland books
- Letterland First Alphabet and Word Book
- Letterland ABC
Author - Jane
I found these books really useful when my daughter was first
learning her letters but still had limited speech. Some letters
she could not make the sound for e.g. 'v' ,but she could use
the letterland name 'vase of violets' and even though what she
actually said was 'ase of iolets' I could understand that by
that she meant the letter 'v'.
- The Usborne First Thousand Words
Author - Heather Amery
Publisher - Usborne
Comment - A really good word and picture book. The first
part of the book has double page spreads organised by topic e.g.
at home, the street, travel etc.
Each double page spread has an interesting centre picture, very
good for encouraging your child to discuss and describe what they
see. Each central picture is surrounded by a border with the individual
pictures and words e.g. for seaside - sea, starfish, spade, bucket
etc. It makes an interesting game to try and spot all the border
pictures in the central picture.
The second part of the book has pictures arranged by topic with
no central picture e.g. food, me, my clothes, people, doing things,
opposite words, days, special days, weather , seasons, pets and
- Each Peach Pear Plum
Author - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Publisher - Puffin Books
Comment - A really magical picture story book with lovely
rhyming text and beautiful illustrations. Lots to talk about in
the pictures. This has been a very popular book with my children
Author - Catherine Anholt
Publisher - Orchard Books
Comment - Lots of interesting illustrations of children
carrying out activities e.g. pushing, sliding, climbing, hiding,
cycling, reading, drawing and many more. Playing is part of the
Doing things series of books. Others in the series include Animal
Friends, Bedtime and Helping.
- Incy - Wincy Spider
Author - Katie George
Publisher - Levinson Childrens Books 1995
Comment - Incy - Wincy spider decides to find somewhere
new to live. But nowhere in the garden is quite right. Until he
This book has a finger puppet to lift the flaps and open the giant
picture page to help Incy find his new home.
My children love this book.
I Spy ABC
Author - Vivian French
Illustrator - Sally Holmes
Publisher - Walker Books 1998
Comment - From an antelope in a coat and a tie to a
zebra dressed in black and white, there's a whole alphabet of
animals to spy in this colourful, fun-packed ABC rhyme.
- The Grumpalump
Author - Sarah Hayes
Illustrator - Barbara Firth
Publisher - Walker Books 1990
Comment - Just what is the grumpalump? A variety of birds
and animals try to discover the answer in this simple repetitive,
rhyming story with a surprise ending.
- The Hairy Hamster Hunt And Other
Pet Poems - Compiled by Tony Bradman
Publisher - Macdonald Young Books
Comment - A really magical compilation of poems with great
illustrations (by Chris Fisher)
- Poems for the very young
Author - Selected by Michael Rosen
Publisher - Kingfisher
Comment - A lovely selection of traditional and more recent
poems. Beautifully illustrated by Bob Graham.
- Cockadoodle Moo
Author - Compiled by John Foster
Publisher - Oxford University Press (2001)
Comment - A lovely selection poems for children. Beautifully
illustrated by various artists
(Speech related issues)
- Developmental Dyspraxia - A practical
manual for parents and professionals.
Author - Madeleine Portwood
Publisher -Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham,
England, DH1 5UJ
Or through David Fulton Publishers, Ormond House, 26-27
Boswell Street, London, WC1N 3JD
web site - http://www.fultonbooks.co.uk
Comment - I have found this book very useful. Madeleine
Portwood is a Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist. The
aim of the manual is to provide:- assessment techniques to identify
dyspraxia, remediation activities to develop perceptual and motor
skills, strategies to improve curricular attainments, programmes
to develop self-esteem and information about where to find help.
- Teach your child to read - A phonetic
reading primer for parents and teachers to use with children
Author - Annis Garfield
Illustrator - Jill Downie and Jane Gedye
Publisher - Vermilion 1992
Comment - This book presents the phonetic, step-by-step
method of teaching reading. It is flexible. It can be taught by
parents to one pre-school child, by teachers to a whole class
or by parents to an older child in difficulties; it can also rescue
children and adults with reading problems.
Games / Toys
- Game - Story Building Puzzle
For ages - 4-7 yrs
Produced by - Marks and Spencers
Comment - Each set of 4 puzzle pieces
builds a sentence.
There are 9 character pieces, 9 how they got there pieces, 9 where
they went pieces and 9 what they did pieces.
e.g. the girl - went by bus - to the park - and ate an ice-cream.
You can build lots of different stories, this helps to develop
reading skills, enhances imagination, develops word recognition
skills and helps increase an awareness of sentence structure.
- Toy - Super sticker factory
For ages -5+
Produced by - MB Creative Hasbro
Comment - Brilliant for making your
own stickers out of small pictures. These can be used just for
fun or could be incorporated into your educational/speech therapy
activities. You can use bits of magazines or catalogues etc. for
pictures. You could also print out our clipart pictures and use
these to make stickers. Get your child to draw their own sticker
pictures. Refill tape rolls are available from Hasbro.
- Anyone have any good suggestions for this section?
Videos / Audio CDs
- Video - Makaton Nursey Rhymes
Produced by - W H Smith
Comment - 19 traditional songs and
rhymes sung and signed by Dave Benson Phillips. This is a great
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