Category Archives: play

“ChickyBoom” Game for Speech Language Therapy

Blue Orange Games, known for their “hot games for a cool planet,” continue to invent clever games for kids that are friendly to our environment. Their latest member of the family, “ChickyBoom,” calls on fine motor skill and balance, requiring … Continue reading

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Put Pretend People in Child’s Play for Language Development

If you follow my blog you know that I contantly talk about having little people available for your child’s pretend play. Once again, I visited a home of boys where the train set was devoid of people. This well-meaning mom … Continue reading

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Circo Train Set for Play and Speech Therapy

Target offers many house brand toys for creative play that are affordable and fun. I thought I would try out the Circo 70 piece Train Set after much success with the Circo Frog Tent.  I wasn’t disappointed and either were … Continue reading

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Playing Board Games Helps Children with Autism

Playing fun, engaging board games with kids helps build social skills. For higher functioning children on the autism spectrum, games provide many opportunities to teach pragmatic language skills. Children with ASD like predictable routines (taking turns around the table, drawing a … Continue reading

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Creative Parents Add to Pretend Play

I have often told parents that they should be the Producer, not the Director of their child’s pretend play, meaning, set out some fun toys and objects and let your child create the story with the props.  Today I was … Continue reading

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Testing Toddler Toys for Review

When I choose a toy for review, I am often surprised at how kids react to the toy. They show me new dimensions for play or sometimes the lack of exciting potential. They teach me whenever I let them! I … Continue reading

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Speech Therapy Activities for Spring

As speech pathologists, we are always looking for new activities to keep our students engaged and improve their speech and language skills. Sometimes we just need a change of scenery ourselves! I was reminded of this when we had an … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I want to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all of you incredible moms out there! I know we aren’t perfect but even Oprah says we have the hardest job in the world (and the most rewarding!). A special … Continue reading

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Happy Easter and Passover!

I want to wish my readers a happy Easter and Passover. Many of the kids I work with are off on vacation, escaping to warmer weather or visiting “Back Ogama” as one of my little girls said, describing her upcoming … Continue reading

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A Clever Preschool Teacher

While I was visiting with a mom today, her 4 year-old daughter was creating a pretend world with her blocks. The blocks had many different shapes, but were the traditional natural wood blocks, without painted villages or people on them. … Continue reading

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