Category Archives: Language

Lego Friends Designed for Girl’s Construction and Pretend Play

I just reviewed my first Lego Friends set, Olivia’s Tree House, and based on my little girl tester and her mom, it is a PAL Award winner! Lego is known for listening to parents and designing products to meet their … Continue reading

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Retail Stores Reaching out To Special Needs Community

I am so excited about the buzz around retailers and manufacturers’ interest in serving the special needs community by making it easy for parents to enter a store and find a toy or game that would address their child’s specific … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, 8 years and up, Games, Language, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | Leave a comment

PAL Interview at NBC CT Today

I had a fun interview today at NBC CT sharing the latest PAL Award winners that can build language skills. Here are the toys and games that I brought with the points I made about them and their price: It’s … Continue reading

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Back to School Speech Therapy, Great Puzzles

I love to use puzzles in speech therapy and want to share some new terrific puzzles to liven up therapy sessions. Interesting puzzles can be used as a reinforcer for articulation therapy or language lessons, having the child give a … Continue reading

Posted in 10 and up, 12 years and up, 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, 8 years and up, Articulation, Language, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | Leave a comment

PAL Award books featured on News12 Connecticut

I was just finishing up my PAL Winner’s review of a delightful new book by Susan Hood and Janice Nadeau, “The Tooth Mouse,” when I got a call from Gillian Neff from News12 Connecticut with an idea for a 12 … Continue reading

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Try Step2’s Tropical Island Resort for Open-Ended Play

One of my favorite PAL Award winners this summer has been the Tropical Island Resort by Step2. Winning companies know that I not only test their products, but if they win, I often continue to use them with kids, gathering … Continue reading

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

Bookworm Gardens Brings Books To Life Through Nature

As we drove up to the entrance of Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, I knew I was in for a treat. A group of day camp kids in their matching t-shirts was swarming the Magic School Bus, climbing in and … Continue reading

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Inference Lessons in Speech Therapy

I’m often looking for good lessons to teach inference in speech therapy. So many of the kids I work with have difficulty with abstract language. One girl I work with is 12 years old and I have seen her since … Continue reading

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New Blue Orange Games PAL Winners Perfect for Speech Therapy fun

Those of you who know me, know that I have been using Blue Orange Games for speech therapy for years. Kids still request Froggy Boogie or Pengaloo for a fun reinforcing game in therapy. Recently Blue Orange Games has been … Continue reading

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Toobers and Zots and Sandzini Dough for Speech Therapy Activities

New PAL Award winner, Toobers and Zots, by Little Kids, Inc. is great for speech therapy activities. Designed for 3 years and up, I brought my tub of bendable foam tubes, dots, holes and specialty pieces to therapy with kids … Continue reading

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