Category Archives: 8 years and up

Lego Friends Designed for Girl’s Construction and Pretend Play

I just reviewed my first Lego Friends set, Olivia’s Tree House, and based on my little girl tester and her mom, it is a PAL Award winner! Lego is known for listening to parents and designing products to meet their … Continue reading

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Back To School Great New Games for Speech Therapy

The beginning of a new school year is always exciting for students as well as educators–I still feel the thrill several years after I’ve left the public schools to start my private practice. Everything is fresh and new–paper, name tags, … Continue reading

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Retail Stores Reaching out To Special Needs Community

I am so excited about the buzz around retailers and manufacturers’ interest in serving the special needs community by making it easy for parents to enter a store and find a toy or game that would address their child’s specific … Continue reading

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PAL Interview at NBC CT Today

I had a fun interview today at NBC CT sharing the latest PAL Award winners that can build language skills. Here are the toys and games that I brought with the points I made about them and their price: It’s … Continue reading

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Back to School Speech Therapy, Great Puzzles

I love to use puzzles in speech therapy and want to share some new terrific puzzles to liven up therapy sessions. Interesting puzzles can be used as a reinforcer for articulation therapy or language lessons, having the child give a … Continue reading

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PAL Award books featured on News12 Connecticut

I was just finishing up my PAL Winner’s review of a delightful new book by Susan Hood and Janice Nadeau, “The Tooth Mouse,” when I got a call from Gillian Neff from News12 Connecticut with an idea for a 12 … Continue reading

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Bookworm Gardens Brings Books To Life Through Nature

As we drove up to the entrance of Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, I knew I was in for a treat. A group of day camp kids in their matching t-shirts was swarming the Magic School Bus, climbing in and … Continue reading

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HEDBANZ and Word Wave Make Language Learning Fun

I had such fun reviewing and awarding two new games by Spin Master Ltd for the PAL Award. Kids couldn’t get enough of HEDBANZ, as they snapped their headbanz together and popped them on their heads, ready to be the … Continue reading

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New Blue Orange Games PAL Winners Perfect for Speech Therapy fun

Those of you who know me, know that I have been using Blue Orange Games for speech therapy for years. Kids still request Froggy Boogie or Pengaloo for a fun reinforcing game in therapy. Recently Blue Orange Games has been … Continue reading

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Storymatic Kids for Fantastically Fun Writing Prompts

I just awarded  Storymatic Kids with a 2012 PAL Award for its incredibly fun way to learn to tell and write stories! Originally designed as a writing prompt by a creative writing teacher in Vermont, Storymatic has taken on a … Continue reading

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