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Top Picks for Language Toys at Toy Fair 2010

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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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Trends in Children’s Toys, International Toy Fair

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Today I had a press opportunity to have tea with and listen to TIA’s (Toy Industry Association) Toy Trend Specialist, Reyne Rice, talk about the current trends in kids’ toys. Ironically, I had blogged about the same subject last night, … Continue reading

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What’s New at the International Toy Fair, New York City

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Wow! That’s how I describe the incredible experience of walking through the Jacob Javits Center, filled with inventive, imaginative, and creative people sharing this year’s new products for kids. I was privileged to go to a Blogger’s Breakfast at Hasbro … Continue reading

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Spoon People for Storytelling, Building Language in Therapy

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What are “Spoon People” you ask? After over 35 years doing speech and language therapy, it is fun to invent something new that really works with kids. I was trying to think of a way to interest one of my … Continue reading

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Using a Game to Help Word-Finding in Speech

Today I worked with a little girl who has a word-finding problem. She has difficulty naming words in categories and even understanding categories. I brought out the “Mystery Garden” game by Ravensburger. The game board is a luscious painting of … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for The International Toy Fair in New York City

I am excited about the upcoming International Toy Fair in New York City, February 14-17. Just walking through the Javits Center, one feels surrounded by innovative, creative people. Inventors of children’s toys and games have to be incredibly intelligent but also … Continue reading

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When Brothers Become Parents

One of the joys of motherhood is to see your children become parents. You get to re-live their child-like attributes as you see them come out as parents. Last weekend two of my sons and their families met for a … Continue reading

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Organize the Playroom for Pretend Play

One of the things that I consult with parents about is organizing their playroom. Often I see multiple deep baskets or bins that the toys are scooped up into at the end of the day. Today I was at a … Continue reading

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Choosing Educational Toys for Speech Development

Toys do make a difference in stimulating a child’s speech development. I am constantly reminded of this as I work in homes and see what toy selections some kids have. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on … Continue reading

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Easy Gingerbread Houses for Speech Therapy Activities

Okay, that might be a misnomer–gingerbread house, since the first one I want to tell you about is made from cardboard! I was raised making gingerbread houses from scratch until I realized you could buy them already made and still … Continue reading

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