Category Archives: Elementary School Age

Speech Therapy, Art, and Jackson Pollock Lesson Plans

I think speech therapy should always be fun but in the summer it should have an element of freedom, away from the classroom. I take kids outside and look for frogs, explore a creek, or create art work related to … Continue reading

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Fun New Games for Speech Therapy and Kids’ Play

As a speech language therapist, I use commercial board games all the time–sometimes to teach language concepts and sometimes as a reinforcer to take a turn after articulation practice. Since I have a relationship with fantastic companies who are coming … Continue reading

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Best “Toy Story 3” Toys for Creative Play, Speech Therapy

Wow, Toy Story 3 has only been out a few weeks and I am seeing products everywhere. I even went to the grocery store and saw Toy Story cookies and cakes. How do parents sift through all the offerings and … Continue reading

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Typical Peers Helpful to Children with Autism in Speech Therapy

This is part two of my blog about the advantages of having a typical peer join your speech therapy session. Yesterday I talked about the impact a typical peer can have on a child with autism in play. In my … Continue reading

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Autistic Kids and Typical Peers for Play in Speech Therapy

It is well known that providing typical peers for play with children on the autism spectrum is helpful as they learn from models of appropriate play. Good programs for ASD children provide for “reverse mainstreaming” where typical peers enjoy the … Continue reading

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Putting Little People in Preschool Play

I have several parents who encourage me with their application of ideas that I have taught them. I am always trying to teach parents what to look for in a toy that builds language and how to set up great … Continue reading

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Kids’ Dollhouses From Homes to Treehouses

Kids’ dollhouses provide a wonderful backdrop for pretend play, as children re-enact their common experiences of eating, dressing, cleaning up, going out to play, taking naps and bathing. Dollhouses come in all sizes and levels of complexity. I have used … Continue reading

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Getting Your Child to Talk About School

Recently, Heidi Stevens  , the Features Editor at the Chicago Tribune contacted me because she liked my article on “Nine Tips to Get Your Child to Talk About Her School Day,” and wanted to interview me for an article she … Continue reading

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Calico Critters Country Tree House Invites Hours of Fun

Gather your furry friends for an afternoon in the tree house. Don’t worry, there is plenty of room for everyone, big and small. With multiple play vignettes–a deck, hot tub, lake, pagoda, water slide or rooms with a view–several kids … Continue reading

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Read a Book to A Child and Illustrate It

After reading a book to your child, extend the experience with an activity–talk about how the story relates to your life and your child’s experiences, act it out with props or draw a picture. Recently I read Don’t Let the … Continue reading

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