Category Archives: Birth-3 year-olds

Why the PAL (Play Advances Language) Award?

Having just announced my first PAL Awards (Play Advances Language) recognizing  toys, games and books that encourage play that advances language, I wanted to share why I created this award. Seven years ago, after many years of working as a … Continue reading

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Teaching Your Baby to Read?

I’ve been to several homes, ironically to work with a 2 year-old delayed in talking, and found that the parents had the complete package of flashcards and videos for “Teach Your Baby to Read.” There were pictures of zoo animals … Continue reading

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“Horse Stables” by Lego

Duplo sets by Lego are some of the best play sets for imaginative play and now we can explore horse country! Providing just enough to get the action going, but not enough to stifle flexibiity, Lego gives kids a stable … Continue reading

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“ABC Animal Jamboree” by Giles Andreae

Celebrate the alphabet with this party of animals from an angelfish to a zebra with lots of fun in between. The bold, snappy illustrations pop off the page as you imagine “the boa constrictor’s a slippery snake who squashes then … Continue reading

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Teaching Preschoolers to Share

Yesterday I observed a 3 year-old in his nursery school class. I have worked with James for a year, building his language skills until they are age appropriate and his mom wanted me to do an observation to make sure … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Apraxia of Speech

It seems to me that we tend to be too quick to “diagnose” a late talker as apraxic. Once again, I was working with a 20 month old who is behind in talking. He was working with another speech therapist … Continue reading

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The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!

I just watched the new PBS Kids show, “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!” The Cat is back with Martin Short’s voice, pals Sally and Nick, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 to explore the world … Continue reading

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Newsweek Reports “Creativity Crisis” With Children

In a recent article in Newsweek, “The Creativity Crisis,” it is reported that for the first time American creativity scores are declining. Children have been tested for creativity and then followed by scholars to see if there is a link … Continue reading

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Back to School Speech Therapy

It’s exciting watching kids assemble their new school supplies, get their backpacks together and compare who is in what class. Some of my friends are teary as they launch their college kids and prepare to drop them off and return … Continue reading

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“Little Kids'” Bubbles for Speech Therapy

Most parents think of bubbles as a summer activity–kids chasing down the clear, multi-sized spheres to pop in delight. Certainly they are a great source of outside entertainment, but speech therapists use bubbles all year round and bubbles are one … Continue reading

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