Using books to provide speech therapy just makes sense since you can target articulation, phonology, language, and fluency. I have a lot of favorite books and I organize them by theme, season/holiday, sounds, language concepts, etc.. Check out why I love these Valentine's day books!

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Collandro
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters easily with this repetitive story!  Students can even practice carryover of their sounds (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) targeting language concepts.

LANGUAGE: Target identification and labeling of basic vocabulary found in the print and in the pictures, work on wh-questions and yes/no questions, and practice sequencing and story retell!

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) easily with this cute story about a little girl that makes Valentine's day cards for her friends!

LANGUAGE: Target vocabulary building with adjectives, adverbs and irregular verbs.  You can also practice answering wh-questions and using inference skills.

A Kiss for Giraffe by Judith Koppens
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) easily with story about two best friends who want to give each other a kiss.

LANGUAGE: Target prepositions by finding the bird in each picture, work on semantic features (function/description) for common items, answering wh-questions, and  story retell!

If you do not want to have go through the books and make your own lists, I have created an easy cheat sheet for articulation words, language concepts to target, and some basic wh-questions you can ask for each book!  You can grab your free cheat sheet below.

    What are some of your favorite Valentine's day books to incorporate into your speech therapy lessons?  Please share with us below in the comments! Thanks!
    Valentine's day is approaching!  I love incorporating fun holiday activities whenever I can in therapy.  I feel that it breaks up my lesson plans and brings a bit of excitement to the lessons. Check out these ten Valentine's Day-themed freebies I found!

    1. Grab my Valentine's Day Conversational Exchange Mats - This freebie includes two different mats for tracking conversational exchange and a Venn diagram for students to identify things that they have in common!
    2. Valentine's Day Puppets by The Power of Speech- This is a cute craft that easily lends itself to targeting pronouns, vocabulary, social and functional communication and following directions. After students have made their puppets, they can practice giving their puppet different items in the speech room.
    3. Valentine's Day Open-Ended Games by Ms. Gardenia's Speech Room - I love using open-ended games to pull mixed groups together and as a motivator for student behavior.
    4. Valentine's 100 Trials Drill Sheets by Ashley Rossi - This fun packet includes 3 different sheets to color while practicing drills. 
    5. Valentine's Day Vocabulary Book by Speech is Sweet - These free little booklets build vocabulary and targets /k/, /v/, and /l/.
    6. Love Idioms by Speech Paths - This freebie provides multiple idioms and their definitions for an interactive matching game!
    7. Valentine's Day Riddles by Kristine Lamb - Such a perfect way to work on inference!
    8. Cupid Quandry Social Skills by SmartmouthSLP - This set of sticky situations was created with upper elementary and middle school students in mind. 
    9. Valentine Phonology Cards by My Speech Tools - This free pack has cards for final consonant deletion, fronting, gliding, and syllable deletion.
    10.  Picture Chats: Valentine's Day by Katrina Bevin - This cute scene is perfect for carryover articulation, language, and working on fluency techniques. 

    Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
    Fab Five Freebies for Valentine's: Part 1 by The Digital SLP - Even more freebies!
    Fab Five Freebies for Valentine's: Part 2 by The Digital SLP- Yah!  More freebies!
    Valentine's Day Free and Paid Resources Roundup by The Dabbling Speechie - Check out this big list!
    30 Valentine's Freebies for Speech Therapy by Speech Sprouts - Love all of these free resources!
    Valentine Speech Therapy Activities by Speech2U - The q-tip blow dart game looks so fun!
    Valentine's Day Easy Crafts by Speech Room News - Love the articulation and language wreaths idea!
    Valentine's Day Activities for Speech and Language by Speech and Language Kids - Contains three fun and functional activities!
    Kiss Me! Valentine's Day Activities by Home Speech Home - Check out all the ways that you can use conversational candy hears in therapy!

    Do you know of any other amazing Valentine's Day activities?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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