Category Archives: Language

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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What’s New at Playonwords

Here is a copy of my newsletter in case you aren’t on the distribution list: Happy Summer and welcome to the heat wave! Normally we talk a lot about outdoor play this time of year, but we are inside to … 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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Play-Doh Uses in Speech Therapy and Play

Once again, I saw the advantages of having a ittle Play-doh on hand. One of my more creative players, Duncan, was setting up his Playmobil boat, van and trailer, As he was requesting the Mom figure and then the Dad … Continue reading

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Super Pop-Up Picture Book of “Peter Pan”

When I was first given Peter Pan, I was amazed at the beautifully crafted cut out models of pirate ships, Peter Pan and his friends flying over the clock tower, and the crockodile opening his chops to chomp on Captian … Continue reading

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Conversation in Pretend Play

When parents and therapists model conversation in pretend play, kids start to imitate them and learn to take turns in conversation with their little toy pets or people. Caroline’s mom had asked me what things she could be doing with … Continue reading

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The Influence of TV on Preschoolers

When I  was visiting 3 year-old Will, he requested that we have a “scavenger hunt.” Now I have been known for my “candy hunts” I conduct on family vacations where I send kids off with a set of clues to … 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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Building Flexible Play with Children on the Autism Spectrum

One of the challenges of working with children on the autism spectrum is to model, encourage and teach flexible play. Children with ASD tend to get “stuck” on a topic, toy or animal so they want to continuously play with … 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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