Category Archives: play

Rorys’ Story Cubes MAX Helps Kids With Special Needs

Speech therapists, parents and kids have enjoyed Rory’s Story Cubes for building storytelling skills as players use images on dice to trigger ideas for their tale. Inventor Rory O’Connor, who brought us Action Cubes this year as well, which depict … Continue reading

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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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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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New Collaborative Games for Speech Therapy

I love to discover new toy companies that provide beautifully designed, fun, educational games. I was introduced to Peaceable Kingdom at the Toy Fair in February and just had the opportunity to review their games with kids and they met … Continue reading

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ASTRA Marketplace 2012 Best New Finds to Build Language

I thoroughly enjoyed my first ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) Marketplace Convention this past week in Baltimore. I moved from table to table putting together swords, robots and slime as well as decorating cupcakes and doll furniture in “Kits, … Continue reading

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PAL Award Winners on NBC CT Today

I had a fun interview with Yvonne at NBC CT today, sharing some of my newest PAL Award winners and how they can promote language development. Here are the winners that I featured today: “Roll ‘n Play” by Thinkfun–their first … Continue reading

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More Preschool Speech Therapy Ideas

This week, I blogged in response to a question I got from a fellow SLP asking for ideas to keep preschoolers engaged in a speech and language lesson. As I was working with a 2 1/2 year-old today, I was … Continue reading

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Speech Therapy Ideas for Preschoolers

One of the joys of having a blog is that I hear from people literally all around the world. Some are parents seeking advice for their children who have speech and language delays, some are students in grad school asking … Continue reading

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anamalz Characters Great for Speech Language Therapy

As speech therapists, we appreciate toys with several props along a theme. Kids start thinking within a category and have several characters to interact in the jungle, on the farm, or in prehistoric times. Anamalz provides darling animal characters with … Continue reading

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Lego Creative Sorter Wins PAL Award, Speech Therapy Tool

Here’s a multi-use lego DUPLO  bucket for loads of therapy fun. Spread the word to your OT and PT friends too because there is a lot of fine motor planning and execution in this toy. I have worked on verbs, … Continue reading

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