The David Shannon….No David books are a favorite of mine….if I have seen your child for therapy you for sure have seen at least one of the No David books in my therapy bag.
When working on attending to a task….listening to a story…and overall comprehension of short stories…the No David books have been perfect for me over the past years.
The pictures are colorful…very funny…and super silly. Great for the little ones that I have seen that present with an Autism Spectrum disorder…..I am not sure what it is about the pictures in the No David books…but they capture the attention of all kids….well I guess I should say that I do know what it is…the pictures are so silly….and often leave the littles ones surprised to see David’s little “coolie” running down the road because he forgot to get dressed….or the mess he made in the living room as he tracked mud into the house….or David jumping up and down on his bed in a cape and mask…..breaking all of the rules of the house. For the little ones that have receptive language difficulties (that is the understanding of language) and the little ones that present with expressive language delays…the No David books have been a great resource for me.
I also have enjoyed using the books to work on picture description…answering questions about the pictures…making inferences…(how do you think David’s mama will feel about what he just did)….and not worrying about reading the words of the story…but using language to describe what we see in the pictures. The pictures are very colorful and detailed which makes picture description easy and fun to do!
I have to be honest…a few times some of the little ones were taken back by David’s appearance…he has sharp pointy teeth….and definetly looks as if he is in “big trouble” or about to get in trouble.
I will post more about the David books and how you can use them to help your little one…
One last note…when a parent tells me that their little one refuses to sit and listen to a story….the No David books are a good starting point. The sentences are short and simple…so you can read the sentences….however I tell parents to start off by just looking at the pictures…and describe what you see and what David is doing. I also am sure to be extra animated while reading the No David stories. I know that www.amazon.com has all of the No David books. If you decide to buy any of them and would like some strategies while reading…please send me a post and I would be happy to help.
And remember to have fun with your little one or big one!