Here’s a book you can Talk about! I was honored to be contacted by Teri Kaminski-Peterson, MS, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist specializing in early intervention and pre-k. She is the author of The Big Book of Exclamations, an innovative new children’s book designed to promote speech sound development and imitation of gestures, sounds, and words.
Unlike most books, it doesn’t have a story to read. Instead, along the bottom of each page there are prompts, which teach parents/caregivers how to act out the illustrations and interact with their child using gestures, sounds, and words. The book is also filled with information intended to help parents understand speech/language development and it lists resources for those seeking advice.
I love this book! The first thing that captured my attention was it’s large size and illustrations. It invites children to explore it. Inside there is parent friendly information, attractive pictures of babies and parents interacting, and stimulating words that can easily be modeled. I have had the opportunity to use the book in my treatment sessions with some preverbal children on the Autism Spectrum.
Like any new activity, I needed to introduce it a few times before I saw any participation. However, even during the first session, the children were visually engaged to the book. The second session created great modeling opportunities, as well as some direct communication intent. This is a wonderful book to add to your collection, as well as a great gift for parents.
Please visit her website; http://www.thebigbookofexclamations.com to get a better feel for the book and to view several of the illustrations first hand.