A book for people with aphasia
Be Kind was written by a stroke survivor and a speech therapist at Atlas Aphasia Center. During their therapy sessions, Liz and Bri saw a need for simple, repetitive, decodable stories for adults who are re-learning to read. It is a short story about nature and kindness.
Many stroke survivors have to re-learn how to read (sometimes essentially from scratch). While children's books often use simple words and short sentences, they are rarely appropriate for adults with aphasia – both due to subject matter (riding the bus to school, learning to share, etc.) and the types of words used.
Re-learning to read after a stroke is NOT the same as learning to read for the first time as a child. So the books shouldn't be the same either!
Words that are common in children’s books, but very difficult for people with aphasia: proper nouns (people’s names, like “Sam” or “Mrs. Thomas”), pronouns (he, she, this, they, us), body parts, colors, days of the week, numbers, and especially rhyming words!
Words that are easier with aphasia: concrete nouns, decodable words (when the spelling matches the sounds), and lots of repetition.