Stories for Social Skills

I know…I know… ANOTHER book post but I just can’t help it! I love using books in therapy because they are so portable, easily adaptable, and easy for parents to use at home. I enjoy using books with all of my kids, but particularly with my social skills groups. We can tackle all kinds of important topics while reading a fun, entertaining story! Self-regulation, making inferences, predicting, perspective taking, problem solving… I could go on! Here are is a list of my favorite books (with links!) to use for pragmatic therapy:

SHH We have a plan

Clark the Shark

Pete the Cat

Chester's Way

Mean Jean the Recess Queen

The Invisible Boy

The Nuts Keep Rolling.jpg

Still Stuck.jpg

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I like choosing a book to base my whole session off of. I will create 2-3 expansion activities based on the book, which helps bring the story to life. I have also found great “already made” materials on Teachers Pay Teachers , as well as several fun ideas for crafts and games on Pinterest ! (Psst…did you know that Skill Builders has our own Pinterest page?! Lots of awesome pins up there!)

I also recently discovered Storyline Online , which is run by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. This site has oodles of videos of celebrities reading story books. They do a really nice job bringing the story to life with fun animation and exceptional story telling. Several of the books listed above are on the site! Sometimes, I find that my students enjoy watching a video of someone else reading the story, rather than just hearing my voice for the whole session. It breaks things up a bit!

Got any other recommendations? I am always on the lookout for new books to add to our library.  Post your suggestions in the comments below! For more great book suggestions, you can check out my other book posts here and here.


-Elizabeth Clark McKenzie, MS, CCC-SLP





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