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  • Writer's pictureSarah Zucca MS, LPC, CADC

Growing One Story at a Time

Story Grammar Marker is a narrative language based program that helps improve one’s ability to have back and forth conversations, strengthens reading comprehension, and bolsters one’s ability to be social. To read more about our journey with Story Grammar Marker, click here: It's All About the Story.

Bear’s toothache is a picture book that helps assess a child’s narrative language stage of development. At various points in AZ’s journey with Story Grammar Marker, he has been assessed to see his current level of narrative language development. He is shown the picture book without words and then asked to retell the book with no pictures or assistance, a task that is extremely difficult for him.

It is such an amazing experience to see the evidence of this intervention working and helping to transform this significant deficit.

Below are transcripts from the assessment days:

March 2020

One Day

The toothache

The pillow

The pillow hit

May 2021

One day the bear was trying to get the tooth out

Then and a bear had a toothache

He had a toothache

And couldn’t get the tooth out

The bear just got the tooth out after eating

Then then getting the tooth out

Give it gave it give to the girl under her pillow

September 2021

So the girl heard ow

The bear

And then bear came in

And tried to get the tooth out

Tried drinking water

And it still didn’t come

And he tried…the lamp down

And it still didn’t make it loose

And he had to tried and she had to tied the rope up to the and the other side of her bedpost

And the bear jumped out the window

And the tooth came out

May 2023

Bear’s Toothache

So…The Bear’s Toothache

One night the bear had a toothache

So then the kid woke up and then invited the bear in to get the tooth out

So that…the girl…(I mean the kid could be a good dentist

(pause) That could be a good dentist…be a good dentist to like fix the bear’s toothache

(pause)Okay…so then so then the bear ate steak

The little girl hit the pillow at bear but instead hit the lamp

And then the girl’s father woke up and came to her room, like “what’s that noise…the lamp fell


Bear went back to bed…father went back to bed

But then bear ate steak it didn’t get any looser

So then then the bear the girl tied his cowboy rope to the bear’s tooth

And then to hi- her bedpost

And then the bear jumped from the windowsill

And then the tooth popped out

And then the bear was feeling better

The girl put the tooth under her pillow

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