The unedited version provided below of The ASHA Leader column (available online at Internet: Children's Communication Needs by Judith Maginnis Kuster, August 28, 2012) contains additional information.
Bibliographies and Books Addressing Children's Communication Needs
Many excellent books focus on specific disorders in caseloads of speech-language professionals. The ASHA Magazine featured an article by Ray Kent, Renewal and Rediscovery: Insights from Memoirs of Illness and Disability" (Summer 1998)
In addition to the article, Kent created an extensive annotated bibliography high-lighting several books. Although the bibliography is no longer on the ASHA website, with Dr. Kent's permission, I added suggestions to his excellent bibliography, creating "Our Clients and their Families Speak" (http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/teaching/counseling/classmaterials/clientsspeak.html). ASHA also suggests "Books About Communication" (http://www.asha.org/public/books.htm) featuring suggestions for books written for children about children with communication disorders. Another good resource is the 52 page "Children's Books about Disability: A Bibliography-Teacher's Guide" (2005) that features suggestions for children from preschool through middle school (http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/documents/ChildrensBiblioDisabilityBooks.pdf).
The following bibliographies provide important resources to support speech and language goals.
Language and Literacy
Speech Sound Disorders
- "Stuttering in Children's Literature," an annotated bibliography begun by Kris Warmka (www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/Bookstore/childrensbooks.html) expands on Bushey, T., & Martin, R. (1988). Stuttering in children's literature. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 19, 235-250. (http://lshss.asha.org/cgi/content/abstract/19/3/235)
- "Using fictional literature as a tool in fluency intervention programs for children and teens," by Kelly Jones and Kenneth Logan for the International Stuttering Awareness Day online conference (2010) (www.mnsu.edu/comdis/isad13/papers/logan13.html) provides a table summarizing the 16 contemporary juvenile fiction books that feature a child who stutters.
- Logan, K.J., Mullins, M.S., & Jones, K.M. (2008). The depiction of stuttering in contemporary juvenile fiction: Implications for clinical practice. Psychology in the Schools, 45, 609-626. reviews 29 contemporary juvenile fiction books featuring characters who stutter (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pits.20313/abstract)
Online Books especially for children, featuring Specific Speech-Language-Hearing Disorders
There are also several freely-available online books you can use to help children understand their communication difficulties. Many also teach important lessons. Some of the "books" are presented on YouTube. Those listed below in PDF format are downloadable to the bookshelf on an iPad.
- Charlie Who Couldn't Say His Name (http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster2/disorderbooks/charlie.pdf) a commercial book made freely-available online by author Davene Fahy
- Oliver Gets Hearing Aids (http://www.who-sells-it.com/images/catalogs/1339/pdf_4902.pdf) by Maureen Cassidy Riski and Nikolas Klakow, from Phonak
- Oliver Gets FM (http://www.who-sells-it.com/images/catalogs/1339/pdf_4903.pdf) by Maureen Cassidy Riski, from Phonak
- Having Hearing Aids by Peter Augustine (http://www.oticonchildren.com/children/com/ParentsAndRelatives/Resources/RecommendedReading/For_Children/03_Oticon_Children_HavingHearingAids.pdf) from Oticon
- Samantha and her Fun FM and Hearing Aid Book! - seven year old Samantha reads her illustrated book on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc1U-YuxqEw)
- A Thousand and One Children's Books in ASL (http://1001booksinasl.blogspot.com/) signed word and ASL translations by Charles Katz of thirteen popular books, created between 2007-2009
- Sign Me A Story (http://weehands.com/public_forum/viewforum.php?f=23&sid=9c98ed3c485cd1d197d3ef93e7f27e8f) has eleven popular children's books read, focusing in a specific signs such as colors, numbers, animals, etc.
- Sign Writing (http://www.signwriting.org/library/children/) has 21 familiar stories written in ASL and a few stories in Brazilian, Nicaraguan, Norwegian, and Spanish sign language.
For children with severe difficulty with reading/writing or who have difficulty being understood
- The Treasure Hunt - a YouTube "book" about a child who has a grandfather with aphasia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq12cMUZPg4&feature=share The Treasure Hunt)
- Adapted Books from the NYC library (http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/District75/Departments/Literacy/AdaptedBooks/default.htm) are created with Boardmaker, Writing with Symbols, and PowerPoint software. They have also been converted to Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Also check the "Functional Library" (http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/District75/Departments/Literacy/functionallibrary)
- Adapted Library from the Baltimore City Public Schools - Boardmaker Files http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1446
- Buddy Can by Nicole Caldwell (www.positivelyautism.com/gobuddygo/BuddyCan.pdf) is about a dog who uses a "wheel chair." It was written by Nicole Caldwell (an autism specialist) for preschool and early childhood to help children to understand disability. There is a suggested Lesson plan available. (www.positivelyautism.com/gobuddygo/LessonPlan01.pdf)
The purpose of this column was to feature books and bibliographies freely-available online, but worth mentioning are free story APPs which are beginning to appear such as those from Lorrie Ann Harrington, originally created to teach her son, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, new vocabulary, language-based concepts, and social communication skills.
- Mr. Turkey, where are you? (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mr.-turkey-where-are-you/id479087329?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4)
- Halloween eBook - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/halloween-ebook/id470673667?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Judith Maginnis Kuster, MS, CCC-SLP, is an emeritus and adjunct professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. An archive of all of Kuster's columns can be found at http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/leader.html. URLs change, however, and there is no guarantee that links from previous columns are still functional. URLs on this article will not be added to or altered).