As longtime readers know I’m all about functional stuff for kids with communication disorders (functional speech therapy is a huge part of my philosophy). It’s not enough to just teach academics – we need to make sure kids learn the functional skills they need to navigate this big wide world we live in.
One of my friends from grad school Cara Tambellini recently published a book for kids that helps kids understand social situations: What Can We Do?: A Problem Solving Book for Young Talkers. The book is rooted in reality with concrete examples using plain language for kids to comprehend.
There are too many books written that are too abstract (for example animals are doing things and kids are meant to make a connection to their own lives). For a lot of our kids it’s too hard for them to grasp lessons not grounded in reality. Also other books go on and on, but Cara’s book is short and easily relatable. It would be an ideal companion for an activity or discussion about social skills and problem solving. What Can We Do? is a quick read that can be used to kick off or extend lessons about problem solving.
I want to get this book into your hands so you can use it right away so I’m giving away a copy! To enter, please comment below and I’ll choose a lucky winner in 10 days on 4/17/2019! (UPDATED: EXTENDED TO 4/26/2019 due to the awesome response!!) If you want to keep up with Cara Tambellini, you can visit her website Cara Speech Therapy or her on instagram: @caraspeech.