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Short Wordless Picture Books
Developing Sentence and Narrative Skills for People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

ISBN 9781138477575
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
112 Pages 60 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection of short wordless picture books helps to support children with speech, language and communication needs as they develop their expressive sentence and narrative skills through storytelling. Each book is comprised of six colourful images that follow a simple everyday routine such as ‘Brushing Teeth’, ‘Having a Haircut’ and ‘Walking the Dog’. Unlike traditional picture books, they follow a film scroll effect, showing the progression of time and allowing the child to follow the story to its resolution. Because of their simplicity, the books can support children as they move from simple to intermediate sentence levels, as well as encouraging them to consider additional elements of language such as cause and effect, sequencing and inference.

This resource includes:

  • Ten beautifully illustrated picture books, each following a simple pattern of routine, disruption and resolution
  • An accompanying guidebook including story scripts, cue questions and prompts for using the resource to support additional skills

Although developed specifically to help children with speech, language and communication needs, this set is suitable for any child who requires support and practice in developing their speech. It is an invaluable resource for speech and language therapists, teaching staff and caregivers.

Table of Contents

Guidebook  At School  Brushing Teeth  Going to School  Having a Haircut  In the Bakery  In the Park  Making Breakfast  Playing Hide and Seek  Swimming  Walking the Dog

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Kulvinder Kaur has received training in Applied Behavioural Analysis and has taught numerous children between the ages of 2-16 years for over a decade. Her work has been mainly 1:1 with both verbal and non-verbal children. Kulvinder has worked for a decade as a Team Lead on programmes, often involving creating and designing skill and lesson plans as well as resources. The Applied Behavioural Analysis curriculum covers mainly: language, communication, social, cognitive, functional and academic skills. Alongside her role as a Team Leader, Kulvinder has continued to develop her practical teaching skills by educating children with a diagnosis of autism in mainstream primary schools and in private practice, which has involved working with behavioural analysts, speech and language therapists and multidisciplinary teams. She is the author of ‘Wordless Picture Books & Guide’, published by Speechmark in April 2016.


"These resources would be a particularly useful resource for TA/LSAs to support children's language skills, particularly in the areas of narrative, developing emotions and inference. I generally found them a helpful, fun tool to use for informal assessment or therapy purposes." - Kim Duesbury, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, UK