• Adelina Priddis

8 Books for Kids with Speech Disorders

Having a speech disorder or delay is something no family expects, but many families face. Until you live with a disorder, or love someone with one, speech is often a form of communication taken for granted. The following books will help you and your kids feel confident with characters like them.

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books for speech disorders

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, roughly 7% of Americans have some form of speech impairment. About 5% of children have a noticeable speech disorder by first grade.

We all want to know that when we are facing a battle or challenge whether everyday or for a short time that we aren’t alone. Imagine finding a story that you can relate to and benefit from. It can make all the difference.

For our children who have speech disorders, finding a story with “someone like me” hasn’t been easy. Here are a few we have found.

Picture Books

Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester - Unable to say his R's, and therefore unable to say his own name, Rodney Rat learns that his voice is more than articulation.

Basghetti Spaghetti by Susanne Vettiger- We all get overly excited at times, but when it makes kids jumble up their words, it can be a blow to their confidence. Oscar the Crab learns to have confidence with help from an octopus as he is put through different challenges and games.

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle - Sounds are a good place for kids to practice speech sounds. With the "beep" colored blue, it offers a good place for you to pause and let your child create the sound. Their confidence will soar as they join you in reading this book.

Chapter Books

Miss Laney is Zany by Dan Gutman - Book 8 in My Weird School Daze series, Miss Laney is the Speech Teacher who makes A.J. say weird tongue twisters. For kids just starting in speech therapy, this can give a fun twist to something that might seem scary.

The BFG by Roald Dahl - In this classic, the BFG (otherwise known as the Big Friendly Giant), has speech aphasia. Kids with aphasia can connect to a character who might seems scary at first, but turns out to be the nicest giant around.

The Way I say it by Nancy Tandon - Starting middle school with a speech disorder and an ex-best friend is not easy. Working on his R's with his new speech teacher, Rory learns to navigate bullies with compassion when it would be so easy to become a bully himself.

Paperboy by Vince Vawter - While many of the previous books focus on a struggle saying r's, Paperboy follows a boy who stutters. He's great at baseball, but talking not so much.

Charlie and Frog by Karen Kane - Francine, or Frog, is deaf. When she and Charlie embark on a mission to uncover a mysterious message left in ASL, Charlie has to learn ASL to communicate with his new friend. Kids using ASL for whatever speech disorder they have will learn to take pride in how they can communicate.

Have you found any books with a theme in speech disorders? We'd love for you to share in a comment below.

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