Teletherapy Board Books

During my introduction to teletherapy this past spring I read quite a few books with my students.  I quickly found that not all books are great to read over teletherapy.  I mostly used a document camera to project the book to my students. I use the Osmo as a Document Camera but you could use a different one to get the same effect.  When choosing books for teletherapy I found that if I stuck to a certain set of criteria they were more effective.   First, the book couldn't be very large. If it was too big it didn't fit in the document camera frame very well.  Second, I wanted books that were not too wordy or long in length because keeping attention virtually can be a challenge (the books I chose are best for grade pre-K-2nd and they worked well with my students who have autism).  Third, I liked books that had some kind of interactive element like flip flaps which encouraged the students to respond or talk about the book while we're reading. I also tried to pick books that fit our weekly theme (ex. farm, zoo, pet, etc.) If I found a thematic, flip-flap book that was simple, I felt that I hit the jackpot (Hello, Dear Zoo!). Here is a list of my current favorite teletherapy board books!
First up is the "Peek-a" series.  As you can see they are a hit at home too, our Peek-a-Who is well loved. The unique thing about these books is that the word always rhymes, and my kiddos usually figured that out pretty quickly.


Next is the "Where is baby's..." series.  I mainly have holiday versions of these books but they are great for working on "where" questions too. 


Peekaboo Barn will always be a favorite iPad app with my students with autism.  So, the book is a great companion.  We read the book and then played the app. 


Where's Spot is another great book for working on prepositions and "where" questions.  Unfortunately Where's Spot? is the only one in this series that has flip-flaps but the others are short and easy reads too. 



These books from the "Peek-a-boo Pals" set were given to my boys as a gift and they are fun flip-flap books. They have a little more words than some of the easier books on this list. They are great to use when we working through our themes of Farm, Zoo/Jungle and Pets. 


Dear Zoo is one of my absolute favorites so I ordered a few more Rod Campbell books (I would NOT recommend his Dinosaurs book).  These three are all flip-flap books.  My Presents great for simple inferencing!


I shared A is for Apple with my Alphabet Toys post but it is also great for naming pictures of objects.  It is a little long since it goes through all letters A-Z but has two opportunities to name objects for each letter. 


The Little Blue Truck series is really popular with my students and my own children.  There are two books in the series (Halloween and Springtime) that are also flip-flap books. 



Peek-a-Bruce is a new book for me this year.  But this first one is so cute.  I love that Bruce is hiding somewhere on the page and I can pretend I can't find him.  My kids then like to yell out where he is hiding. It's also a good book to talk about feelings of wanting to be left alone. 


That's it!  You could definitely read the book aloud over teletherapy while just holding it up to the web camera, although I have heard this can make the book backwards with some video software.  I have found the Osmo has been awesome to share a book digitally while also being able to stop, discuss, name or interact as we go. 

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  1. The Osmo camera seems like a very cool way to incorporate technology into your work. Are there other uses for it or is this the main way you use it?

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