Category Archives: play

Interactive Noah’s Ark Book Builds Childrens’ Language

I’m a fan of “Snappy Books” because I like the big bold drawings, pop-ups and rhymes. In their newest addition, Snappy Builder Noah’s Ark, your little one, 3 years old and up, can hear the story and then make her … Continue reading

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Playmobil’s “Family Van With Boat And Trailer”

Summer vacation never looked so good. Load your family of four into their SUV, hook up the boat trailer, pack a picnic and grab the sand toys. This new Playmobil adventure set highlights the company’s incredible engineering and attention to … Continue reading

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Taking Spring Speech Therapy Outside

Now that temperatures in the northeast have gone from the 50’s to the 70’s in one week, it is time to take speech therapy outside–spring is here! This week I commented to a mom that it was so sunny on … Continue reading

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“Truth Be Told” Game Teaches Social Language

Truth be told,  there is only one honest player at a time in this zany game of pretend to know your friends. Designed for kids to adults, beginning at age 12, “Truth Be Told,”  is fun and insightful as players … Continue reading

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Kids’ Creative Play Starts With The Right Toys

A good language enhancing toy will spark a child’s imaginative play.  It is a delight to watch them build on their story as they take a prop and change the action, surroundings and storyline. Yesterday, I made a “Silly Roller” … Continue reading

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Great Dolls for Pretend Play, Less is More

When visiting the International Toy Fair, I was attracted to simple but effective dolls for promoting healthy pretend play. I saw my share of dolls who cry, whine, eat, and make a variety of noises, but my favorites left the … Continue reading

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Lessons Through Making Dinosaurs

I have several early elementary aged boys on my caseload and am always looking for interesting materials to keep them actively involved in the therapy session. Silver Dolphin’s The Field Guide to Dinosaurs fascinated them! One little boy left the room … Continue reading

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Teaching Parents to Play With Their Kids

I love to see parents evolve into great play partners for their children. Part of the therapy I do with kids is to educate their parents on how to be involved in building their child’s language. Today I was working … Continue reading

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Getting Kids with Autism to Talk About Their School Day

One of the goals I have for a child I am working with who has autism, is that he tell two things about his school day, when he comes home. We have tried several approaches to help him remember as … Continue reading

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Top Picks for Language Toys at Toy Fair 2010

Now that I have come back down to earth after racing from one booth to another, and seeing all the fantastic new toys and games that amazingly creative people have produced, I want to share my top picks for the … Continue reading

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