Category Archives: Language

Speech-Language Impairments Rank #1 in Kids 3-5 (IDEA)

ASHA Leader Magazine is a favorite of mine. I was just reading the April issue and turning down the corners on several fantastic, relevant articles. Here’s one that got my attention, “Speech-Language Impairments Rank First, Second Highest By Age” So Speech-Language … Continue reading

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Kids Learn Independently With The New Smartscope

It was a joy to watch my three friends, aged 5, 8 and 9 years old, gather their specimens from outside and head to their new Ravensburger Smartscope to magnify, identify, explore and learn. We started with pollen (since we were … Continue reading

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First Games for 3 year-olds, Setting up Play

My twin grandchildren are approaching 3 and interested in playing games. There are so many wonderful first games for 3 year-olds by companies like WonderForge, ThinkFun, Educational Insights, SimplyFun and Peaceable Kingdom, to name a few of my favorites. The … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, Language, play, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development, Strategies to Enhance Language | Leave a comment

How Dollhouse Play Can Strengthen Essential Learning Skills

I have dollhouses on the mind lately. As I prepare to move out of state and pour over the stuff in my house (I am not a collector but it is amazing what accumulates) and decide where things go–the dump, … Continue reading

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New Year, New Chapter, New State

Wow, lots of “news” to report here. As of the end of December, I said goodbye to all my amazing families and kids that I’ve worked with in my speech therapy practice to start a new chapter in Play on … Continue reading

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Build and Imagine Sets Ignite Pretend Play with Kids on the Autism Spectrum

I love to share amazing experiences I have with kids, ones that surprise even me as children lead the way and show new dimensions of play with an outstanding toy. I’ve been having one of those “Wow” experiences while working with … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, Elementary School Age, Language, Preschool Class, Strategies to Encourange Language Development, Toys | Leave a comment

Worry Eaters Offer Opportunity For Kids To Share Concerns

We find PAL winners are natural subjects for developmental videos.  Showcasing differentiators of great language toys, I demonstrate how to optimize play with some amazingly fun toys and games that provide great opportunities for learning. Recently we sat down with some kids to … Continue reading

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Using “What’s Wrong?” Games in Speech Therapy

This week we used a student’s Easter card for some fun carryover as my student is working on overall precision, “moving his mouth” as well as slowing down his rate. Kids love finding what’s silly in a picture (and I … Continue reading

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Plush Book Characters Encourage Language

Over the years I have gathered several plush book characters to introduce when reading some of my favorite picture books with kids. They naturally extend the language lesson as kids become endeared with The Pout Pout Fish, Max and Ruby, … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, Articulation, Birth-3 year-olds, Language, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | Leave a comment

Out of props? Grab the Playdoh

Speaking of snow, I had a great time yesterday working with a 4 year-old child on the autism spectrum on generating novel descriptions and dialogue in pretend play. We had our Fisher Price little people out with a slide, some … Continue reading

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