Category Archives: Speech and Language Delay

What’s New at Playonwords

Here is a copy of my newsletter in case you aren’t on the distribution list: Happy Summer and welcome to the heat wave! Normally we talk a lot about outdoor play this time of year, but we are inside to … 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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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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Building Flexible Play with Children on the Autism Spectrum

One of the challenges of working with children on the autism spectrum is to model, encourage and teach flexible play. Children with ASD tend to get “stuck” on a topic, toy or animal so they want to continuously play with … Continue reading

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How to Get Speech Special Education Services

I have had two meetings in the last two days, representing families of children who are being considered for special education services within the public schools or Birth-Three programs. It occurred to me that having sat on both sides of … 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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DIR, Floortime Seminar With Esther Hess, PhD

Since we speech pathologists are required to participate in 30 hours of continuing education every three years, I am always looking for excellent courses to attend. I have shared about Pam Marshalla’s seminar on Persistent Articulation Errors and I want … Continue reading

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Reading to Children on the Autism Spectrum

Yesterday, I met a mom and a little boy whom I will be working with. He is relatively newly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mom had a lot of questions. We started talking about reading and she said he … Continue reading

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