Top 7 Children’s Books Featuring Butterflies

Speech-Language Pathologists love to talk about butterflies because they are fun, colorful, and because BU-TTER-FLY is a 3 syllable word packed with great consonants (a bilabial sound--b, 2 alveolar sounds--t and l, and a labio-dental sound-f). This week, we asked our favorite librarian, Andy Howe, to share her top 5 books about butterflies... she gave us 7!

Andy's Top 7 Children's Books Featuring Butterflies:

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Bruel, Robert.  Bob and Otto.  Neal Porter Book - Roaring Book Pr., 2007 (A sweet story about friendship and change.)

Donaldson, Julia.  Where's My Mom? Dial Books, 2008 (This book also features some nice descriptive words like big, and furry.)

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Ehlert, Lois. Waiting for Wings. Harcourt, 2001 (Great rhymes and vibrant collage illustrations!)

Horacek, Petr.  Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors. Candlewick, 2007 (As indicated by the title, great for teaching colors as well.)

Martin, Bill.  Ten Little Caterpillars.  Beach Lane Books - Simon and Schuster, 2011 (This one is by the author and illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and just as fun!)

Bader, Bonnie.  Fly Butterfly.  Grosset and Dunlap - Penguin, 2014 (A beautiful tale of butterfly migration from Penguin's Core Concepts Series.)

And of course, everybody's favorite: Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Scholastic, 1989


Andy with a live butterfly at the LA Times Festival of Books.

Andy with a live butterfly at the LA Times Festival of Books.

Andy Howe is a local librarian who excels in providing book suggestions for children and young adults. In addition to being a bibliophile, Andy is an excellent cook, a grandma, and a celebrator of vibrant colors.



Lemonade Lessons

During a large family gathering, while all the adults were eating dinner, we suddenly noticed that the kids were suspiciously quiet. Between us, we had 7 children under 8 years old at the time, so the typical sound track to dinner was much more likely to be wild laughter and screeching than silence. It was time to investigate. Given the choice between a play room filled with toys, an iPad, DVDs, an outdoor playhouse, bikes, cars, and lemons, the kids chose lemons. We found them in a factory line on a stone bench in the corner of the yard pounding, squeezing, and drinking lemon juice out of a bucket.

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BLUE: Speech Therapy Theme

Light up your speech therapy sessions with these blue themed ideas in honor of "Light It Up Blue" for Autism Speaks on April 2nd.

  • Have A Blue Runway Fashion Show
    • Fill a dress up box with blue hats, scarves, coats, shirts, jewelry, headbands, ties, sunglasses. etc.
    • Give a blue ribbon for the best outfit
  • Create A Blue Scavenger Hunt
    • Search for blue items and create a blue treasure box. (cups, magnets, feathers, spoons, balls, etc.) See who can create the best story using all the random items found.
    • Repeat with blue magazine cut outs
  • Blue Painters Tape (create floor games) 
    • Roads for vehicles
    • Balance beam walks
    • Giant tic tac toe boards
    • Hopscotch games
    • Bean bag toss game boards
  • Talk about what it means to “feel blue” (idioms, symbolic language) Use The Blue Day Book 
  • Working with older kids? Here’s a lesson plan on Picasso’s Blue Period
  • Eat Blue Snacks
    • Blueberries
    • Blue corn tortilla chips
  • Blue Balloons
    • Fill a large box with light and dark blue balloons and let your child’s imagination fly. Challenge them to make up rules for a game they create.
    • Blow up a balloon. Don’t tie it, but hold it tight. Ready, set, go! Let it fly! This is a guarantee for some laughs!
  • Make A Blue Sensory Bottle
  • Listen To A Blue Song - watch & sing along, then make up your own verses.
  • Search For The Word Blue - Write out several sentences using the word blue. Then have the child search the page and use a blue highlighter to identify everywhere they see the word “blue”.
  • Blue Art - Grab a poster board or large piece of butcher paper and draw a blue sky and a blue ocean. Have kids use stickers, crayons, paint, or markers to add other blue objects.
  • Brainstorm other words that are BL blends: bland, block, black, blond, blind, and blog
  • Make tongue twisters with words that rhyme with blue - shoe, moo, dew, chew, drew, glue, clue, choo
  • Read Blue Books

Speaking of Veggies...

Need fresh ideas to encourage your kids to eat more vegetables? It all begins and ends with communication! ...Inspired by our First Lady’s #GimmeFive challenge on ways to stay healthy. 
Before a Meal

1. Talk, Play, Pick - Use books about vegetables and pretend food toys to familiarize kids with veggie vocab. Recruit their help to choose produce from the farmers market or go pick their own at a local farm (e.g. LA families can head to Underwood Family Farms). Describe, smell, and explore vegetables before they even hit the plate!


During a Meal

2. Create Your Own Hunger Games - Make building your plate fun by creating guessing games and friendly family competitions. Estimate the number of peas in a spoonful. How many green beans will fit in this serving dish?

3. Switch Up the Pick Up - Simply changing the way kids can pick up their food can sometimes be enough to encourage a bite. Try chopsticks, toothpicks, skewers, or cocktail forks.

4. Shape & Dip - Change up the shape: Strips, slices, chunks, or whole. Place veggies in different patterns when you put them on your child’s plate. Make triangles out of 3 green beans or a happy face with a tomato and peas. Don’t forget the dip! Healthy options like hummus, salsa, or yogurt/labneh are good options. Check out the new EzPz dippin’ plate for kids too!

After a Meal

5. Kiss & Tell - Once the meal is complete, if your child didn’t want to try certain vegetables, encourage them to kiss it goodbye. They will automatically be exposed to the smell and a brief taste on their lips. Next time, maybe they will take a nibble! Then have everyone talk about their favorite parts of the meal. Of course yours will be the vegetables!

And if still need to impress your kids with could always try this! :)

What are your five fun veggie ideas?

What is PROMPT therapy?

According to the PROMPT Institute, PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. This multidimensional approach to speech production disorders has come to embrace not only the well-known physical-sensory aspects of motor performance, but also its cognitive-linguistic and social-emotional aspects.

Julia and Roisin have both completed 2 levels of PROMPT training.  ECHO highly values and utilizes this research based theory and treatment approach in therapy sessions.

See the following links to learn more:

What is PROMPT? 

PROMPT Research Library

Muffin Tins - A Speech Therapy Tool

Repetition is one of the keys to learning and generalizing new sounds and words! Muffin tins offer speech therapists and parents a visual way to encourage a child to produce a dozen opportunities of a target. Kids love putting things in and then taking them out. So, you can often get 24 repetitions of a target!

Grab your muffin tin and 12 items that will fit inside. Here are some of our favorite things:

-Food Items (small fruits like grapes/blueberries, cereal, etc.)

-Household Objects that come in multiples (cotton balls, coins, magnets etc.)

-Sensory Items (play doh shapes, shaving cream)

-Rubber ducks or other animal figurines (the party store & Oriental Trading Co. sells large quantities of many small objects)

Have fun and get creative! Now you are on your way to a new way to getting lots of practice of articulation or vocabulary targets!

Lidcombe Program at Echo!

Echo is excited to offer the Lidcombe Program in treatment sessions! Roisin and Julia both completed this continuing education course through the Montreal Fluency Center.  Lidcombe is a research based treatment program for children who stutter. Parents are empowered by the clinicians to carry out this supportive treatment program in sessions and at home. Download the Lidcombe Program Parent Brochure here

Why SLPs Love ENTs!

February is Kids ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Health Month! In celebration, here’s a simple list of why every Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) should love their local ENT (Otolaryngologist – pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/uh/jist). ENT physicians are specialists in the medical and surgical management / treatment of disorders of the ear, nose, throat/neck, and face.

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Who is the Kidspace Parent?

Do you love Kidspace in Pasadena, CA as much as we do? Maybe this blog post is about you! We recently had the pleasure of presenting our workshop entitled, "The Amazing Power of Speech and Language" in the beautiful Celebration Center at Kidspace. - Click here to read more about our experience and other Kidspace parents like you!  

Understanding Autism: Restaurant Meltdowns

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we would like to share a thoughtful article written by Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP about the reasons children with autism might have restaurant meltdowns.

"Perhaps you are a parent of a child with ASD.  Perhaps you have observed a child whom you suspect may be dealing with the daily challenges  of autism.  Thank you for considering what mealtimes feel like for him and his family.  It does get better, but it is a journey that requires patience from family, friends and the community."

Click here to read the whole article.



Light it up Blue!

Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue. Check out more info here:

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Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

Have you been told that your child has CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech)? Have you had difficulty understanding what this is and what to do about it? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Diane Bahr is an outstanding SLP who works in Nevada. She published a 3 part articles series on Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Check it out!  

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