Alice Falk shares:
Hello, SLP colleagues! I have enjoyed reading your posts regarding how you utilize the WHAS Crusade for Children iPads during speech therapy. Since many of my students enjoy showing off their reading skills, I try to incorporate books in their speech sessions whenever possible. That’s when the iPad comes in handy, allowing access to a variety of books without having to check them out of the library or locate them on a bookshelf. Specifically, I can access books, videos and book-related puzzles and games via TumbleBooks. This online library (www.tumblebooklibrary.com) contains many categories such as: Story Books, Chapter Books/Read-Alongs, National Geographic Videos, and Non-Fiction.
TumbleBooks appeal to students because they “take existing books and add animation, sound, music, and narration to produce electronic picture books which you can read or have read to you.” The TumbleBooks collections include 500-1100 titles from noted children’s book publishers. In fact, several books that my students were reading in the classroom are available on TumbleBooks such as Enemy Pie and Because of Winn-Dixie. Although the selections are mostly for students in elementary school, the books are also labeled by reading level. Therefore, even middle school students who are reading below grade level may find chapter books, non-fiction books, and National Geographic videos to their liking. (I recommend the Meerkats video–too cute!)
We use TumbleBooks in speech group to practice articulation skills during oral reading and short answer tasks. The language opportunities are endless such as: answering “wh” questions, story re-telling, defining vocabulary words, identifying the main idea, and making predictions. We also practice fluency skills such as easy onset of speech, appropriate pacing, and maintaining good breath support.
Since my school subscribes to TumbleBooks, my students and I can sign on via the Sanders website all year round. You may wish to consult with your librarian to find out if this resource is available at your school.