Category Archives: play

Spoon People for Storytelling, Building Language in Therapy

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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Progress in Play with Autistic Kids

I try to share my challenges and successes in therapy so others can learn from them. As we know, as parents and therapists we have good days and bad days. A good day for me is when a child I … Continue reading

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Listen to Your Child’s Language Through Art

I love art and have hopefully instilled that love in my three boys, one of whom is in an art related field. I’ve written before encouraging parents to listen for the language in art with their children. Recently, I sat … Continue reading

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The Importance of Play in Preschool

I’ve always  been a proponent of play in preschool settings. Based on research, we know that play develops communication skills and social and emotional development. A recent article in the Washington Post “The Playtime’s the Thing,” supports the importance of … Continue reading

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