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Shared Reading

The second phase of literacy-based therapy is referred to as shared reading.

Shared reading should be engaging and meaningful for students (see ideas for increasing engagement below).

While engaging in shared reading, try pausing occasionally to:

  • Check for comprehension

  • Discuss the content

  • Answer students’ questions

  • Link student’s comments to the story (e.g. Student: “Bears are so cool!” SLP: “Bears are cool. They live in the forest and you might see one when you are camping.”)

💡Ideas for increasing engagement:

  • Use felt story pieces

  • Create a language mat with characters, actions, and items that link to the story

  • Use puppets

  • Use a green screen (virtual therapy)

  • Use sticky notes to cover up pictures in the story and pull them off as you read (TIP: you can also use this to ask prediction questions)

  • Have students stand and act out actions from the story

  • Use big books with a pointer

  • Use different voices for characters

  • Pair the story with real objects that can be manipulated

  • Have students choral read repetitive lines or phrases in the story (e.g. Going on a Bear Hunt, Old Lady Who Swallowed books)


Ukrainetz, T. A. (2006). Contextualized Language Intervention: Scaffolding Prek-12 Literacy Achievement (1st ed.). Pro Ed.

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