Category Archives: Language

Aspirational Toy Trend, Barbie and Go Go Sports Dolls

Yesterday I was interviewed by a writer for an article she was preparing on the recent toy trend of “Aspirational Toys.” She asked some great questions that really got me thinking about the why and what of this new trend. … Continue reading

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Cheap Speech Therapy Materials

I was looking through my bookshelves in my office yesterday and lamenting the fact that I have purchased a number of “speech therapy materials”–notebooks on writing, norm charts, activities etc–and they are just collecting dust. Then I thought, “What Do … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Top 5 Kid’s Educational Apps for the iPad

Hi this is Andrew from Kids Educational Apps.   Full disclosure: My mom, Sherry, runs Playonwords.com.  As a father and video game enthusiast, I started a website for parents who love games that engage kids and encourage learning.  It just … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, Apps, Birth-3 year-olds, Language, media review, play, Preschool, Reading, Toddler | 2 Comments

Teaching Your Preschooler to Read? Tips

I have blogged before about how ineffective some programs are that are marketed to parents of young children, claiming they will teach your baby, toddler and preschooler to read. Recently, I was stopped by a wonderful mom of a 4 … Continue reading

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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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Announcing 2010 Winners of PAL Award (Play Advances Language), Best Toys, Games and Books

I am excited to announce the 2010 winners of playonwords.com’s new PAL Award (Play Advances Language) honoring the best toys, games and books that by design, content, quality, and character, engender play that advances language development. Throughout my over 30 … Continue reading

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Inspiring “The Junkyard Wonders” by Patricia Polacco

I love it when a favorite author comes out with a new book and it is just as satisfying as the last one. Patricia Polacco delights her audiences with her delightful stories as well as her warm and inviting characters, … Continue reading

Posted in 6-8 year-olds, 8 years and up, Elementary School Age, Language, Speech and Language Delay | 2 Comments

Figurative Language in “Atlantic”, Speech Therapy

Are you doing a lesson on figurative language? Here is a terrific book to use in Speech Therapy, the classroom or just enjoy reading it to your child. “Atlantic” by G. Brian Karas, is beautifully written and illustrated with clever … Continue reading

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Language in Math, Science and Social Studies

I am constantly amazed at the role language learning plays across all academic subjects–math, science and social studies to name a few. I am working with a sixth grader who has language deficits (processing, word-finding, expressive language) and I am … Continue reading

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Halloween Costumes, Books, Fun in Speech Therapy

Well the countdown has begun to many kids’ favorite holiday, Halloween! I blogged about the Halloween Calendar which was great fun to make. I used the little pieces (windows and secret messages for each day) as reinforcers with a child … Continue reading

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