Category Archives: 8 years and up

Toy Trends For Learning, The Best of Toy Fair 2013

Last week, the American International Toy Fair in New York City was a blitz of excitement, innovation, creativity and fun. I look forward to it every year, as I make my way through the acres of booths filled with 150,000 … Continue reading

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Correcting Lateral sh in Speech Therapy

I must say the lateral /sh/ used to scare me a bit in speech therapy until I took Pamela Marsalla’s course,“Practical Therapy Tips for Persistent Articulation Errors: Frontal Lisp, Lateral Lisp and Distorted R. I got amazingly quick results in establishing … Continue reading

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Female Entrepreneurs Creating True Alternatives For Girls in the Toy Industry

Several of my PAL Winners are not only outstanding in their delivery of creative play to build language but also promote healthy models for young girls. I wanted to share a guest post today by my friend, Jodi Norgaard, creator … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for the Toy Fair 2013!

I can’t wait for the International Toy Fair in New York City! It starts tomorrow and even a mere 2-3 feet of snow isn’t stopping me. There is such excitement in the Javitts Center as inventors, manufacturers and retailers all … Continue reading

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Clever Ways to Teach Sight Words

Last week I had a free giveaway of Thinkfun’s Zingo! Sight Words. I had an enthusiastic response, as this is not only a really fun game that teaches sight words but it fills a much needed gap. Kids have to … Continue reading

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Using SQUIGGLE On-The-Go in Speech Therapy

How can a little pad and pencil inject so much fun in a speech therapy session? Kids loved tearing off a square sheet with a little scribble (Squiggle) that they were to add to. We used our pad in a … Continue reading

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Family Games That Make Learning To Read Fun

At this time of year, parents are asking me for fun games that also promote learning–especially for emerging or new readers. Yesterday I was at the home of a kindergartner and mom showed me a laminated  list of sight words … Continue reading

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Elf Magic Gets Conversations Going

Christmas is a time for traditions and our latest PAL Award winner, Elf Magic, is a delightful tradition where Santa’s magic elves visit families during the Christmas season to be daytime buddies and engage in Elfcapades at night. Different from … Continue reading

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BrickStix and Mod Stix Build Story Telling

Are you looking for a great stocking stuffer for the holidays that kids will love? You know the kind of gift they open and then disappear for a few hours, entertaining themselves? Or a gift for your students, or something … Continue reading

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TenseBuilder App Review

Mobile Education Store is fast becoming a favorite source for speech therapy apps. It’s hard to find engaging apps for kids past the pre-school level, but they have created fun videos that kids as old as 10 enjoy. The 2-4 … Continue reading

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