Category Archives: Preschool

“Big Bubbles Friend Cow” by Little Kids

Kids and bubbles have always connected, so to speak. Summer fun includes chasing after the undulating spheres before they pop. Want a break from blowing and entertaining? Hand over this “Big Bubbles Friend Cow,” teach your child to tip his … Continue reading

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Playmobil Coast Guard Boat

Every kid loves to play law enforcer so let’s set sail with the Coast Guard. This limited edition boat commands attention as it guards the seas. Kids loved to let down the anchor and hook from their cable winches to … Continue reading

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Best “Toy Story 3” Toys for Creative Play, Speech Therapy

Wow, Toy Story 3 has only been out a few weeks and I am seeing products everywhere. I even went to the grocery store and saw Toy Story cookies and cakes. How do parents sift through all the offerings and … Continue reading

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Costumes Transform Toddlers to Imaginary Land

Pretend play begins after a child’s first year as they offer an empty cup to a teddy bear or cover him up with a washcloth to stay warm. Little kids love to act out their everyday experiences, copy Mom and … Continue reading

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Play-Doh Uses in Speech Therapy and Play

Once again, I saw the advantages of having a ittle Play-doh on hand. One of my more creative players, Duncan, was setting up his Playmobil boat, van and trailer, As he was requesting the Mom figure and then the Dad … Continue reading

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Typical Peers Helpful to Children with Autism in Speech Therapy

This is part two of my blog about the advantages of having a typical peer join your speech therapy session. Yesterday I talked about the impact a typical peer can have on a child with autism in play. In my … Continue reading

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Autistic Kids and Typical Peers for Play in Speech Therapy

It is well known that providing typical peers for play with children on the autism spectrum is helpful as they learn from models of appropriate play. Good programs for ASD children provide for “reverse mainstreaming” where typical peers enjoy the … Continue reading

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“My First Baby Doll” by I-Play

Toddlers can scoop up all the essentials, including the baby doll, put them in the soft, cloth bag and be ready for take-along play. A great introduction to pretend play that follows a child’s experience, this first baby doll comes … Continue reading

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Conversation in Pretend Play

When parents and therapists model conversation in pretend play, kids start to imitate them and learn to take turns in conversation with their little toy pets or people. Caroline’s mom had asked me what things she could be doing with … Continue reading

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The Influence of TV on Preschoolers

When I  was visiting 3 year-old Will, he requested that we have a “scavenger hunt.” Now I have been known for my “candy hunts” I conduct on family vacations where I send kids off with a set of clues to … Continue reading

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