As many of you may have noticed from my previous blog posts, I have been making a lot of material which focuses on features and functions of common items.  The reason for this is I have several students working on these skills for their IEP goals.  I work with another speech therapist at one of my school and we realized we have so many students who understood and had mastered the concept of categorization and identifying items within a given category so we wanted to create more challenging and yet still meaningful goals.  This led us to working with many of our older students on these feature and function concepts.  I think it’s important for students to know the function of objects, as well as, different features objects may have.  Since many of my students now have feature and function goals I had to create more material to target these goals.  Previously I shared about my Function Adapted book series and provided some free Function worksheet to pair with the books.  I’m doing the same set up but with object features.  The series of adapted books incudes “What Feature Do You See?”, “I Spy a book about Object Features”, and “What is the Feature?”  I’m excited to share about this new series of books. 

The first book in the series I wanted to share about is “What Feature Do You See?”  For this book the student has to identify the shared feature of the three items presented.  I targeted 20 different common features which all have a visual paired with the feature word to help the students understand the concepts.  The added visual support of the feature words make this book a little easier and can help your students still learning about those different object features.  I often like to read over each feature concept as I point to the pictures before we start to read the book.  This way the student has heard and knows what features to choice from when you start the book.  You can talk about any feature terms which might be new for you students to help them learn about these concepts. 

Across the top of each page is the same question “What feature do you see?”  I point to the words as I read them and sometimes my students can help me read some of the words.  The students can point to and name the pictures they see on the page.  “The tree, car, and elephant all have a…”  The student would then select the “trunk” picture and place it in the empty box.  If you have more than one student in the group, take turns finding the correct feature picture sand placing them in the box. 

You can adapt this book to meet your students’ skill level.  You can reduce the answer choices for your students.  Maybe give them a choice of 2-3 feature concepts in which to choose.  For example, “the wheelbarrow, bike, and dump truck all have….horns, wheels, or windows?”  After your student selects the “wheels” picture they can place it in the empty box.  I also like to have my student point to the wheels or whatever the feature may be on the pictured items.   

For your students with AAC devices, try to have them navigate the device to find those feature concepts.  This can often be challenging to figure out where those feature terms can be found.  Some of your student might be able to form phrases and sentences on their device to describe the items.  For example, “backpack, jacket, and sleeping bag have zippers.”  You can also have your verbal students work on expanding their utterances and using longer phrases to describe the feature of the given items.  

There are two feature pictures which can be used interchangeably.  The feature terms “feathers” and “beaks” can be used to describe the “flamingo, chicken, and owl” group or the “parrot, duck, and eagle” group.  It does not matter which one they choose first because it will still make the book work.   

You can work on having your students provide additional items with the given feature.  After they identify the horse, table, and baby all have legs maybe they can name an additional item which has legs.  Maybe they can think of additional items which have handles too.  Hopefully this book helps your students learn about some new feature concepts. 

If you are interested in this series of adapted books you can find them on TPT with the link – Feature Adapted Books Series.      

Sarah Allen, MA CCC-SLP
Sarah Allen, MA CCC-SLP

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