Adapting Children’s Books to Build Language Skills Through Storytelling

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Lorraine A. Maida, MA, CCC-SLP and Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP
In this 1-hour podcourse, Lorraine shared her vast knowledge and experience of how to elevate and incorporate the art of storytelling and the use of songs in language instruction with young children.  She explicitly covered the developmental sequence of oral narrative growth in children and how to adapt books in ways that allow children to participate as active versus passive learners in language and literacy instruction.  Numerous practical activities were provided.

By the conclusion of this PodCourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Briefly explain two of the literature developmental levels.
  2. Provide one important aspect when collaborating storytelling with teachers
  3. Describe the criteria on how to choose books to read and/or do storytelling.
  4. List at least three primary concepts that could be emphasized during storytelling.
About Char: Char Boshart is a therapist, seminar presenter, author, podcast host, and president of Speech Dynamics. She graduated with her Masters from Western Michigan University and began her career in the public schools. Since that time, she’s worked many years in the schools, in the clinical setting, private practice, and as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Loma Linda University.

Since 1993, she has presented numerous well-received articulation and language presentations through Speech Dynamics,, as well as through the Bureau of Education and Research (BER).  She writes a weekly blog called “Therapy Matters” and is the host of the podcast, The Speech Link, and is the author of the well-received book, The Easy R.

About Lorraine: Lorraine has worked in the educational field for over 35 years. Her experience spans a broad range of roles including speech pathologist, special education teacher, administrator, university instructor, national presenter and educational consultant. Lorraine has presented at hundreds of training opportunities and is also an adjunct faculty member with the Central Washington University and a guest lecturer in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Washington. She has written a series of story scripts and extension activities entitled “Sing Me a Story” all of which emphasize developmental storytelling as a language tool to teach early oral and written narrative.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0 to 2 minutes: Introduction

3 to 11 minutes: The developmental levels in literature; ways to help us decipher what stories to use and how to teach them

12 to 17 minutes: Collaborating with the teacher, “How might we best present this story (now and over time) to the students?” Plus, strategies for working with oppositional children, Plus, the use of public domain songs

18 to 24 minutes: The planning process; goals; where to start; creative ways to use a variety of visuals during instruction

25 to 30 minutes: How to choose books, “Do certain children’s books work better than others?” Identifying concepts to emphasize

31 to 33 minutes: Tell or sing or chant the story?  How to involve the children

34 to 36 minutes: Planting teacher seeds

37 to 40 minutes: Data, goals, strategies and instruction

41 to 44 minutes: Stories and social language; the Braidy Doll (MindWing)

45 to 48 minutes: Wrap up and Final Question….

49 to 60 minutes: Questions & Answers with Lorraine

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Disclosure Statement for Char Boshart:

Financial: Char Boshart is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Lorraine Maida:

Financial: Lorraine Maida is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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