How to Use Books in Therapy

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Presenter: Marisha McGrorty, M.S., CCC-SLP
In this course, Marisha discusses how she uses books in speech therapy and how this five-step process has facilitated meaningful and functional outcomes for her students. She shares strategies to select high-quality books and how to use those books when targeting a variety of speech and language goals. Relevant evidence and practical demonstrations will be provided to show SLPs how they can implement evidence-based strategies when targeting goals using literature.


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

  1. List three benefits of using literacy-based therapy.
  2. Identify three strategies that he/she can use when selecting high quality books and relevant therapy targets.
  3. Describe three evidence-based strategies that he/she can use when targeting goals using books in therapy.
About Marisha: Marisha earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She has worked as a school-based SLP and shares therapy ideas and resources on her blog (SLP Now). Marisha also developed a membership for SLPs that includes digital tools and resources to streamline evidence-based therapy.
Additional Information

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

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0-2 minutes: Introduction

2-10 minutes: Why Literacy-Based Therapy?

10-16 minutes: How to be Therapeutic in Context

16-18 minutes: How to Select Books

18-23 minutes: Step 1: Prestory Knowledge Activation

23-24 minutes: Step 2: Shared Reading

24-28 minutes: Step 3: Post-Story Comprehension

28-35 minutes: Step 4: Focused Skill Activities

35-42 minutes: Step 5: Parallel Story

42-45 minutes: Recap of the 5-Step Process

45-60 minutes: Demo/Q&A

Disclosure Statement for Marisha McGrorty:

Financial: Marisha McGrorty is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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