Quick Take-Along Mini-Books Product Reviews

Need a product great for RtI or quick drill? Want something pocket sized so you don't need a carry-all cart to drag between rooms? Then these products are perfect for you! It is not often that can say that I have collaborated with the person who thought of a product, but I am always excited to see a fellow collaborator's name written on something I own. The concept of these can be attributed to Natalie E. Snyders, M.S. CCC-SLP of the following Teachers Pay Teachers store and Facebook page - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Natalie-Snyders and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natalie-Snyders-on-Teachers-Pay-Teachers/103784796477051. Continue reading for my review of three of these great take alongs - Inferencing, Social Skills, and Auditory Processing!

Inferencing Quick Take Along Mini-Book

I have a lot of different products for RtI for articulation, but not as many for language skills. I don't currently do RtI for language as not as much research is out there to show its benefit, but I am all for providing a quick task or two in the hallway or at the end of a session! The reason I chose these three books to review was that I have a significant number of students working on these skills, and I often have a long walk in the hallway at the middle school to my classroom. I wanted to take some of that time to get the students warmed up for therapy.

Auditory Processing Quick Take Along Mini-Book Instructions

These Quick Books are introduced on the third page as being a "pocket-sized resource for the busy speech-language pathologist, special educator, teacher, and parent". They are laminated and bound to be durable and small enough to fit in a pocket, purse, etc.

Social Skills Quick Take Along Mini-Book Instructions 2

On page four, it shows the books as being able to lay flat to view two pages at once. The same activity is generally shown on each page. Some have answer keys in the back of the book while others are either open-ended with no one particular answer or shown right next to the item on the same page.

Auditory Processing Quick Take Along Mini-Book Initial Sound

Books tend to be around 50-60 pages long and work on multiple skills related to the topic. Each book has a table of contents on page 1 that are color coded throughout the book.

Inferencing Quick Take Along Mini-Book Contents

Inferencing Quick Take Along Mini-Book:


Contents

  • About People & Things - Asks what you can infer or tell about the person in red (Ex. Sara is constantly adding tasks to her to do list).
  • Actions - Asks what people are doing in each sentence (Ex. The pilot skillfully guided the blimp through the clouds).
  • Categories - Asks the client to name the category that describes each group of words (Ex. desktop, netbook, tablet, laptop).
  • Cloze Sentences - Asks the client to complete each sentence (Ex. Please pass the ketchup and _______).
  • Context Clues - Asks for the meaning of the word in red within a sentence (Ex. Do not strike a match near flammable liquid).
  • Descriptive Clues - Has the client name the item described in each set of clues (four words) (Ex. driver, students, seats, yellow).
  • Emotions - Gives a sentence about a person and asks the client to infer an emotion based on the experience/situation of the person in the sentence. These cards also give six different emotion possibilities as a cue. (Ex. Lorna was not invited to the party Friday night)
  • Locations - Asks the client to infer where the situation each sentence describes is taking place (Ex. The conductor blew his whistle and yelled, "All aboard!").
  • Naming Tools & Devices - Asks the client to infer based on each sentence the tool/device being used (Ex. Levi put in the batteries, pointed it, and turned on the TV).
  • Occupations & Jobs - The client must infer the job of each person based on a quote (Ex. "Team, give me three laps around the field").
  • Problems & Solutions - Has the client state the problem described in each situation based on a sentence given (Ex. Ava's skin was fiery red and painful to the touch).
  • Pronoun Antecedents - Has the user state the name of the item in which the pronoun in the sentence (shown in red) is referring to (Ex. Kayla has lost her keys again).
  • Time & Seasons - The client must determine if the season described in the sentence is spring, summer, fall, or winter.

Therapy Use

  • Articulation/Fluency/Voice - A student who is working on articulation/fluency/vocal skills can read the sentences and questions on the various pages aloud using their strategies.
  • Categorization - Use the "Categories" pages to work on categorical naming with your client.
  • Emotions - Use the "Emotions" or "Problems & Solutions" pages to discuss how a person might feel in different situations.
  • Expressive Language - Clients have to state answers to inferences, answer questions, and give answers to problems. In addition, clients must describe items, locations, actions, pronouns, and circumstances after making inferences about the sentence or items presented.
  • Inferencing - Every page of this book works on inferencing in a different way.
  • Memory - Have the student restate the sentence presented or items presented in the "Descriptive Clues"/"Categories" pages.
  • Problem Solving - Use the "Problems & Solutions" to discuss what the problem is in a sentence and a possible solution to the problem.
  • Receptive Language - Use the "Context Clues" pages to discuss vocabulary and how to understand word meanings using context clues. You can use many of the other pages to describe vocabulary using categorization, descriptions, and talking about how words are related/items go-together.
  • Social Skills - The "Emotions", "Problems & Solutions", and "About People and Things" to make social inferences, problem solve, and think about others perspectives/emotions.
  • Word Finding - Use the "Cloze Sentences" pages to work on word finding skills to common phrases.

Social Skills Take Along Mini-Book:


Most pages ask the questions "what would you say/do if..." or "how would you feel if...".

Contents

  • Apologizing - Ex.) ...you promised to take your sister to the pool but forgot?
  • Feelings - Ex.) ...you had to go to a new school in the middle of the year?
  • Giving/Taking Advice - Ex.) ...your brother was being mean to a new student?
  • Initiating Conversation - Ex.) ...you ran into someone you had not seen in a while?
  • Manners - Ex.) ...you needed to ask your mom a question while she was talking?
  • Personal Safety - Ex.) ...a friend wanted you to walk with her on the train tracks?
  • Perspective - Ex.) ...a new girl was sitting alone at recess?
  • Persuasion - Has the student state 2-3 reasons why each situation should be allowed to persuade another person. Ex.) ...you should be able to have a pet snake.
  • Politeness - Ex.) ...you saw an elderly lady struggling with her groceries?
  • Requesting - Has the client state what he or she would ask another person in each situation. Ex.) ...you did not know how to put air in your bike's tires.
  • School Behavior - Ex.) ...the teacher asked you to stop talking so loudly?
  • Social Skills and Technology - Ex.) ..you did not like friends posting pictures of you online?
  • Staying on Topic - Has the client talk on a topic presented. Ex.) Where was the last place your family went out to dinner?
  • Telephone Etiquette - Ex.) ...a caller asked if you were home alone?
  • Understanding Sarcasm - Asks what it would mean if a certain sentence was stated in a certain way shown in italics from a specific person. Ex.) Mom asked, "Did WE get an A on your science project?"

Therapy Use

  • Articulation/Fluency/Voice - A student who is working on articulation/fluency/vocal skills can read the sentences and questions on the various pages aloud using their strategies.
  • Conversational Skills - Work on how to initiate, maintain, ask questions, persuade others in conversation, and close conversation using most of the pages in this book.
  • Emotions - Use the "Feelings" pages to discuss how a person might feel or how the client might feel in a certain situation. You can also ask how a client might feel after any of the other situations on other pages as well.
  • Life Skills - The "Personal Safety" pages have the most to do with everyday life skills to make sure you stay safe, but you can also discuss life skills related to "Telephone Etiquette" and "Social Skills and Technology" since they both involve new technologies.
  • Social Skills - All of the questions and situations in this mini-book have to do with social skills, perspective taking, conversations, tone of voice, and emotions.
  • Tone of Voice - Use the "Understanding Sarcasm" pages to discuss tone of voice, emphasis on certain words in phrases, and commonly used sarcastic phrases in sentences.

Auditory Processing Quick Take Along Mini-Book:


Contents

  • Discrimination of Sounds: Initial and Final - Has the client determine if the sounds are same or different between two words (Ex. "fish - fan").
  • Following Directions: 2-step, 3-step, and Conditional - Has the client follow directions stated aloud (Ex. Stand up and turn around three times).
  • Memory for Words/Sentences: 3-word, 4-word, 5-word, and Sentences - Has the client repeat words and sentences stated in a certain order (Ex. tissue, clarinet, ocean).
  • Rhyming - Has the client determine if two words rhyme or not (Ex. "beet - seat").
  • Syllable Awareness - The client must clap out the number of syllables in a given word (Ex. vocabulary).
  • Sound Blending - The clinician will read sounds aloud and the client must blend the sounds together into words (Ex. c-u-t > "cut").
  • Sound Deletion/Addition - The clinician will read a word aloud and ask the client to add or delete a sound to make a new word (Ex. What is branch without the "b"?).
  • Sound Manipulation - The clinician will read a word aloud and ask the client to change one letter to another to make a new word (Ex. What is dinner if you change the /d/ to /w/?)
  • ""WH" Questions: Who, What, When, Where, and Why - The client must answer "WH" questions (Ex. What do you put on your toothbrush?).

Therapy Use

  • Articulation/Phonological Processes/Fluency/Voice - A student who is working on articulation/fluency/vocal skills can read the sentences and questions on the various pages aloud using their strategies. In addition, some of the tasks involve changing the first or last sound, or manipulating sounds, which you could use as minimal or maximal pairs. The "Syllable Awareness" pages can be used for syllable awareness as well as production of multi-syllabic words.
  • Auditory Processing - This entire mini-book focuses on auditory processing at the sound, syllable, word, and sentence levels.
  • Following Directions - Use the "Following Directions" pages to work on 2-step, 3-step, or conditional directions.
  • Memory - The client must hold 3-5 words or sentences in his or her memory, then repeat them aloud on the "Memory for Words/Sentences" pages.
  • Phonological Awareness - Many of the pages in the mini-book focus on phonological awareness skills ("Rhyming", "Sound Deletion/Addition", "Sound Manipulation", "Discrimination of Sounds", "Sound Blending", and "Syllable Awareness").
  • WH Questions - Use the "WH Questions" pages to work on who, what, where, when, and why questions.

What I Like About These Products:

  • The fact that these books are pocket sized makes them easy to take along between classrooms and in the hallway.
  • These books are long which allows them to address multiple topics in one subject area, but not so long that they are large or heavy.
  • These mini-books are great for RtI, a quick skill check, as a warm-up prior to sessions, etc.
  • There are mini-books for so many different speech and language skills other than just the ones I reviewed.

What I Would Like to See in Future Updates:

  • I would love to see more of these Take Along books! For example, I could use one Auditory Comprehension that focuses on story grammar, recalling details from a sentence/short paragraph, etc. I'm sure there are many others I could think of!
  • Of course I could definitely use a lot more practice items, but that wouldn't make them mini-books! Maybe even getting into more specific subjects or using small pictures.

Price:

Each Take Along Mini-Book is available from Super Duper Publications for $12.95!

Disclaimer:

The author of Consonantly Speaking was given these three Take Along Mini-Books to review from Super Duper Publications. No other form of compensation was received.

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