***Stephanie K was the winner of this giveaway! Congratulations!***
This sweet book, Easy-To-Say First Words: A Focus on Final Consonants, could easily be renamed Easy-to-Love. Created by Cara Tambellini Danilson, a certified SLP, it’s designed for parents to work on those often tricky final consonants outside of the therapy session.
Here’s why you’ll love it.
- About this book: This page provides a clear and concise description of what a final consonant is and why they matter.
- Guide for Reading: These five tips are perhaps the best parent instructions I’ve seen. There are very clear suggestions for positioning, gesturing, encouraging and responding. And it’s just the right amount of information—not too overwhelming. The clarity will allow parents to generalize their lessons to other books.
- Story pages: Each page is stand-alone rather than being part of a story. While this may not suit everyone, from a speech standpoint it’s magnificent since you can pick and choose which pages to use based on target, interest and attention.
There are 15 “story pages” in total—five each for final p/t/k (hooray, words for each front, middle and back placement position!)
On the left side is the target word written three times. On the right side is a short sentence with the target word at the end to encourage fill-in-the-blank attempts.
The illustrations are adorable paper cut-outs by Cara’s mom, Mary. (Check out her greeting cards too!)
I can’t wait to use this with my littlest ones as well as young kiddos with phonological issues or apraxia.
I received a free copy for review, but the opinions expressed here are my own. Cara has also generously offered another copy for a lucky reader.
To enter, let us know what your first word, or your child’s first word, was beyond ma-ma, da-da by midnight EST, Sunday April 13, 2014. I’ll choose a name at random and announce it Monday, April 14, 2014. (My daughter’s first word was “ball” and my son’s was “doggie.”) Good luck!