School’s out and I’m catching up on some great summer reading to refresh my SLP brain! Now, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good beach read, but I thought I’d share some of my favorite books for your speech therapy life!
Wow, it has been a while since I blogged...end of the school year KILLS me! My oldest had a birthday AND left for summer camp on May 29 (the weekend school ended!) So that on top of progress reports, things have been a bit cray-cray!!
What I’m reading this summer:
Grit: The Power of Passion andPerseverance by Angela Duckworth. So far, this is captivating me. I’m actually reading it aloud to my boys. It looks at virtues that foster grit and explores how teachers (and speech therapists!) can nurture grit from the outside in.
Reading In The Brain: The NewScience Of How We Read by Stanislas Dehaene. So this one is a bit technical, but will fascinate anyone who is interested in the neurology behind reading. It is a worthwhile read for those interested in dyslexia.
Other books I recommend for speech therapists:
Look Me In The Eye: My LifeWith Asperger’s by John Elder Robinson. A truly insightful and humorous book with insights from his first hand experience with Asperger’s.
My Stroke of Insight: A BrainScientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. My uncle had a TBI many years ago and ever since, I have been fascinated with brain rehab. The author, a Harvard-trained brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke on the left hemisphere of her brain. Her testimony is inspiring.
The Man Who Mistook His WifeFor A Hat by Oliver Sacks. Anything by this author is worth reading. This particular book has tales of real people who suffer from a variety of inescapable neurological disorders. He has a wonderful way with words.
Brain On Fire: My Month ofMadness by Susannah Cahalan. Wow...this one. A riveting medical mystery that was powerful! It is a perfect blend of suspense novel meets case study of neurological diagnosis.
The Diving Bell And TheButterfly: A Memoir of Life In Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby. This man literally wrote this novel by blinking his left eye. Think about that. He had a rare stroke that basically locked him inside his body. One of the most remarkable books ever.
Ok...enough with the heavy.
I think Reading Magic by Mem Fox and The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease should be given to every parent. Every. Single. Parent. They both give a compelling reason on how and why reading can literally change the course of a person’s life. As a speech therapist, there is little I cannot teach using a book.
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline For Teachers by Thomas Phelan. I was introduced to this “discipline method” by a classroom teacher (way back) when I was in grad school. I have used it ever since. It is a simple, yet magical tool.
Hearing Is Believing: How Words Can Make or Break Our Kids by Elisa Medhus. I LOVE this author. She has a wonderful writing style that will have you laughing cover to cover. I picked this up as a parent, but it has many practical applications that we can use as therapists. It really makes you think about the impact of the words we use.
Have you read any of these? Do you have a favorite book that you think SLPs should read?! I’d love to hear about it!