Category Archives: Strategies to Encourange Language Development

First Games for 3 year-olds, Setting up Play

My twin grandchildren are approaching 3 and interested in playing games. There are so many wonderful first games for 3 year-olds by companies like WonderForge, ThinkFun, Educational Insights, SimplyFun and Peaceable Kingdom, to name a few of my favorites. The … Continue reading

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How Dollhouse Play Can Strengthen Essential Learning Skills

I have dollhouses on the mind lately. As I prepare to move out of state and pour over the stuff in my house (I am not a collector but it is amazing what accumulates) and decide where things go–the dump, … Continue reading

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NogginStik PAL Award Video

I’ve been a fan of SmartNoggin Toys and recently had the opportunity to team with them, making a video of their “NogginStik” light-up rattle. Capturing the babies’ interest and joy in watching and playing with the NogginStik was such fun. Loaded … Continue reading

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Desperate to Find That Missing Play Piece

I was going to title this blog, “The importance of Play Accessories ” but that sounded too boring so instead….”Desperate to Find That Missing Play Piece!” As  I get ready for the Toy Fair, where I have to make quick … Continue reading

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Build and Imagine Sets Ignite Pretend Play with Kids on the Autism Spectrum

I love to share amazing experiences I have with kids, ones that surprise even me as children lead the way and show new dimensions of play with an outstanding toy. I’ve been having one of those “Wow” experiences while working with … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Books for Speech Therapy Activities

It’s that time of year again when classrooms are a buzz about pumpkin patches, corn maizes, harvest time and seeds. I have a real live pumpkin experience going on along the front walk across the street. A cool mom allowed … Continue reading

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Parents Concerned About Young Children’s Time Spent With Technology?

New ASHA Survey of U.S. Parents: Significant Percentages Report That Very Young Children Are Using Technology Usage Is Occurring When Human Interaction Is Key To Developing Strong Communication Skills The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association commissioned a survey of U.S. parents on … Continue reading

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New Folkmanis Puppets for Conversation and Story-telling

I’ve had my head down reviewing so many fantastic new products submitted for the PAL Award this spring and now I need to catch up and share them with you–my fellow professionals who work with kids AND parents and grandparents … Continue reading

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Fun Speech Activities for Poetry Month

As I am working with several elementary aged kids, I am planning my lessons around their poetry units associated with National Poetry Month. When I visited our public library yesterday I came upon several “pockets” throughout the building, stuffed with … Continue reading

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Using “What’s Wrong?” Games in Speech Therapy

This week we used a student’s Easter card for some fun carryover as my student is working on overall precision, “moving his mouth” as well as slowing down his rate. Kids love finding what’s silly in a picture (and I … Continue reading

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