Developed by Teri Kaminski-Peterson, a speech-language pathologist, this twenty-four page book does not have a typical “story” to read to a child. Instead, there are tips at the beginning of the book that teach parents how to modify what they say about each illustration in order to maximize their child’s ability to participate verbally during “story time”. In addition, scattered throughout the illustrations the reader will find fun “exclamations”, words, and phrases they can choose to use as they teach their child to imitate sounds, words, and phrases. We teach parents basic speech and language stimulation strategies that entice children to respond and talk at a variety of developmental levels. This feature makes our book versatile for a variety of age ranges.
The ultimate goal is for parents/caregivers to feel successful as they help their child learn to talk and have fun with books. The Big Book of Exclamations demonstrates a new, different way to use books – a way which promotes active participation, shared attention, turn taking, communication, and genuine love!