15 Free Story Resources for SLPs You Need to Know About
Are literacy skills and reading a great story the backbone of what you do in therapy? Try out these 15 free websites for story resources that SLPs need to know about. I know that my students always needed help with literacy skills. So no matter what their IEP goals were, I always tried to include some fun stories in my activities!
There are many free websites that are fun to use in therapy. They can help you increase literacy skills while working on IEP goals. One way is to use comic sites- check out this post.
Or you can elicit language while reading and creating stories online. Check out these resources!
Listen to Audio Stories
Audio stories are fun to do sometimes for a change of pace. Students get a chance to practice listening skills without pictures. They provide a great opportunity for drawing pictures to practice visualizing. Audio stories can also be used for listening and using a graphic organizer for important details.
This website has weekly audio stories. There are retellings of old classics and original stories. It also has an app to download on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stories-podcast-free-kids/id948976028?mt=2
Informational Text Online
You will really like this site if you have curious students. Students who don’t like to read but have specific interests will enjoy this, too. Wonderopolis has a factual Wonder of the Day based on questions from kids. Read the informative text and do your own follow-up activities. It’s a great site for answering questions, such as “Why do we burp?”
Listen to Stories with Pictures
Use this website while the grant is still being funded! Popular story books by famous authors are narrated by actors while the illustrations are being shown. I was so excited to see that it includes Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco!
This website has original stories for children from ages 3 to 10. It links directly to YouTube. There you can listen to the author’s narration and see the illustrations.
This website has a variety of original stories to read. It also has audio fairy tales and animated video fairy tales.
Read Original Stories Online
This website has loads of original stories online. You can find stories with varied genres and for all ages.
Story Site with Varied Languages
This site is dedicated to bringing books to the children of the world. It shows each page of the books.
Turn the pages of the books online to read the varied stories for free. Students can also write stories for free. But there is a fee if you want a printable version. Stories can be translated to Spanish, Chinese, French and more languages with one click.
Make Your Own Story Websites
Use this site while the grant is still active! Make your own story with picture choices and text. You can choose the story grammar elements and change the characters’ facial expressions.
This website gives students lots of control over every part of the story. You may like it if your students can completely make a story, including drawing. It can be used for targeting specific language goals, such as facial expressions, sentence structure, and sequencing.
Make Your Own Story Websites with a Theme
The ReadWriteThink website has a lot of interactive options. I love the one for making your own fractured fairy tale.
Make a Dr. Seuss story with a beginning, middle, and end. Students fill in the text boxes and choose the music, characters, and setting. All of the elements are pulled together and played at the end.
For your lego crazy kids! They can choose their own settings, and characters. They can even write the text for each slide of the story.
Story Sites for Special Needs
This website lets students make their own stories. You can also read the large selection of stories that students have already made. It is speech enabled and can be accessed by multiple AAC interfaces.
This website has stories of all types available to download and play for free. Use their help page to access the stories from devices.
All children need literacy skills! If you use adapted books, get this free download. It includes an adapted book, a communication storyboard, and tips.
Tips on how to use books in mixed groups are in this blog post.
Are you ready to give one of these great sites a try in your therapy sessions this year?