Silent Sally Speaks by Payal Burnham: #RWYK Certified Great Read

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Silent Sally Speaks: A Teach to Speech Book by Payal Burnham  – Book Review: #RWYK Certified Great Read


Silent Sally Speaks by Payal Burnham is a gem!

We hope this latest addition to our Reading With Your Kids Certified Great Read will be a helpful tool in talking to your kids about finding the courage to speak up through a fun and engaging story.

We absolutely LOVED reading Silent Sally Speaks and we hope you and your family enjoy reading this book as much as we did!


Silent Sally Speaks: A Teach to Speech Book

Silent Sally Speaks by Payal BurnhamSally Smith is reluctant to speak to her classmates and teachers, but as days go by she develops the courage to become a brave speaker.

This Teach to Speech book helps guide children who are reluctant speakers or selectively mute to become bold, brave and resilient, like Sally in this story.

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Payal Burnham is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She currently lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with her husband and daughter.



If your child isn’t talking at school or in public but has no problem talking and communicating at home, get our latest certified great read, Silent Sally Speaks! Your child may have selective mutism. In this short, easy to read children’s book

Silent Sally Speaks, a beautiful picture book by Payal Burnham features a bright-eyed, timid little girl named Sally who speaks quietly. Though Sally wishes her voice came out loud, her words instead slip out a shy as a secret. She is too shy to say even Hi or Hello. Sally has no problem talking to her parents in loud voice. But when she starts school, she loses the confidence to use her voice and goes about her school day in silence. With time, patience, understanding and love and support from all those around her, Silent Sally gathers the courage to speak up and discovers her sweet voice.

Silent Sally Speaks is a beautifully illustrated and positive book for both therapists and parents of primary-age children with selective mutism. Payal burnham beautifully describes how Sally feels in different situations, both at home and at school – feelings that will resonate with many kids with selective mutism. With delightful artwork, this story will help children with selective mutism feel as though they are not alone, as well as offering parents and professionals a way to begin a conversation with a child about their selective mutism and suggest the steps to help them.

Final Verdict

Simple text written in verses, combined with a strong character who solves her own problem, make this book a perfect addition to your kids library. It can also be used by teachers in classrooms to encourage language expression and confidence to make themselves heard. Readable, relatable and essential in the library of any parent with a younger kid with selective mutism.







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