Category Archives: play

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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Creative Play for Language Delay, Disorders or Autism

As a speech language therapist or parent of a child with language disorders, we want to expand our child’s play, while following their interests. The other day, I was playing with a little boy with the Fisher Price barn. After … Continue reading

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Best Language Toys and Games for Holiday Gifts, 2009

It’s that time of year to make our lists and check them twice–and select the best toys and games for our kids and grandkids for holiday gift giving. Again, there are many helpful lists out there from Parents Magazine to … Continue reading

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Turkey Theme Preschool Crafts and Activities

Whether you’re a parent looking for a rainy day turkey craft or a therapist reinforcing a speech and language goal, it is fun to find interesting crafts for your preschooler to make around this Thanksgiving theme. I have found that … Continue reading

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Making Holiday Gift Lists for Kids

As the holidays approach, we start thinking about what to give the kids. Target’s gift catalogue just arrived at the house, and the kids are pouring over it as if it’s an encyclopedia. There seems to be a new trend, … Continue reading

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Best Holiday Gifts for Grandparents to Give

I was talking to my daughter-in-law today and she asked me if I wanted an idea for a Christmas gift for the kids. Of course I said, “Yes!” I had just been talking to another grandma who had a toy … Continue reading

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Flexible Lesson Plans for Articulation Therapy

As a speech therapist, we have to be flexible and follow the child’s lead and interests even on the best planned day. Yesterday, I carried two stuffed bags of toys into the home of 3 year-old Duncan. I had printed … Continue reading

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Autism Games to Play

Recently, as I was looking on the internet for games to play with my kids on the autism spectrum, I came across autismgames.org, a wonderful site engineered by speech pathologist, Tahirih Bushey. Her site and blog encourages parents and specialists … Continue reading

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Disney Offers Refunds on Baby Einstein Videos

Wow. Can you believe it? Finally, at least an implied answer to our question that so many of us have been asking–where is the research to back up the marketing claims of building a brighter baby by showing them videos … Continue reading

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Halloween Fun with Books, Speech Therapy

I shared some of my favorite Halloween books last week and have used them when working with kids with typically developing language as well as those with auditory processing difficulties, and those on the autism spectrum. I had quite a … Continue reading

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