Category Archives: Birth-3 year-olds

What Makes a Good Language Toy?

When your baby arrives, it’s time to play. Since newborn babies prefer a variety of shapes, curves, angles and contrasts in light and dark, your face is his first favorite toy! He reacts as you talk to him and smile, … Continue reading

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Rub-A-Cub Peek-A-Boo Blanket by Taggies

The newest baby toy to receive a PAL Award is “Rub-A-Cub Peek-A-Boo Blanket by Taggies. How can a blanket possibly be this soft? Here is my review: The best baby toys teach through play and provide many opportunities for parents … Continue reading

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Light ‘n’ Sounds Vroomin’ Vehicles by International Playthings

Toddler toys are sometimes the hardest to recommend. Often we put adult features or themes on kids’ toys that they don’t even relate to but entices parents to buy them. One feature that I always look for is if there … Continue reading

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“Reach Out And Read” Training Doctors to Promote Literacy

I love what “Reach Out And Read” is doing in training doctors to promote literacy in their little patients. About a year ago, I was on a flight from New York to Florida and I sat next to a young … Continue reading

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Light ‘N Sounds Vroomin’ Vehicles

Toddler toys are sometimes the hardest to recommend. Often we put adult features or themes on kids’ toys that they don’t even relate to but entices parents to buy them. One feature that I always look for is if there … Continue reading

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Rub a Cub Peek-A-Boo Blanket by Taggies

The newest baby toy to receive a PAL Award is “Rub-A-Cub Peek-A-Boo Blanket by Taggies. How can a blanket possibly be this soft? Here is my review: The best baby toys teach through play and provide many opportunities for parents … Continue reading

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Child Apraxia Speech Therapy Progress

Today was a good day. I feel like we turned a corner with little 2 year-old Travis who is diagnosed with child apraxia of speech. I was the first speech therapist to get involved with the family and have guided … Continue reading

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How to Read to Your Baby

Countless studies show that children whose parents read to them from an early age tend to talk earlier, read better, and think in more complex ways than those whose parents don’t. Reading to your infant is simply bathing him with … Continue reading

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Playonwords.com Announces 2011 PAL Awards

Today is exciting because I announced the first PAL Awards for 2011. My top 22 toys and games that encourage creative play that builds language are recognized on my website here. I had such fun playing with the toys and … Continue reading

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Talk To Your Baby To Build Language

From your newborn’s first cry, you are drawn into a lifelong conversation just between the two of you! Coos and babbles are the foundation for later language and all learning. Although he can’t understand words yet, he is already recognizing … Continue reading

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