Category Archives: Strategies to Encourange Language Development

Great Educational Games for Kids

   Parents often ask me for good game ideas for their kids. Today a mom wrote down every game I played with her son directly to her Christmas list! Here are some new games I tried out this week that … Continue reading

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Speech Language Therapy Through Read Alouds

I’ve been working with several elementary aged children to build their language skills. I always find that rich children’s literature holds their attention, stretches their vocabulary, and builds reasoning skills. Recently, I used two books that I would recommend for … Continue reading

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Land of Pretend Play–Another Fun Visit to Preschool

One of the enjoyable parts of my job is that I occasionally get to go and see one of my little clients in their preschool setting and work with them there, observing how their language impacts their relationship with peers … Continue reading

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More Tips for Saving Money on Educational Toys

Okay here is another tip for saving money–or should I say spend no money–on educational toys. I was at 3 year-old William’s house yesterday. He is building his skills in pretend play, picking up little Fisher Price people and having … Continue reading

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Getting the Most Language Out of a Visit to an Art Museum with Your Children

Being a parent is hard work and as we all know, rewarding–sometimes when we least expect it. For my birthday present my oldest son asked me into New York City for the day to go to two art museums. My … Continue reading

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Build a Kid’s Thesaurus with your Child to Encourage Vocabulary

I work with several kids to build their oral language skills that then relate to their writing skills. Research shows that oral vocabulary is linked to a child’s reading ability and certainly impacts their writing skills also. As kids progress … Continue reading

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Great Speech Therapy Kit for Preschoolers with Language Goals

Part of being a speech-language pathologist is looking a bit like Mary Poppins with our bags of toys and materials to excite and stimulate kids’ language. My brother actually asked me recently what I was doing to work out since … Continue reading

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What I Saw in a Great Preschool to Build Language

I visit many area preschools, sometimes doing therapy within a child’s school setting, just observing or giving in-service training to teachers and staff. Last week I went to a preschool that was new to me. I was impressed with two … Continue reading

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Printing Letters in Preschool Helps Children Recognize Letters

There is so much going on in the field of neuroimaging research and the brain. In the August 11, 2008 issue of “Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists,” they cite research by Karin Harmin James, PhD, at Indiana University. “We … Continue reading

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Questions From New Moms and Dads About Their Babies, Books and Language

I just talked to a group of new moms and dads at Greenwich Hospital. I love it when dads come and we actually had three! Here were some of their questions: My husband and I are speaking different languages to … Continue reading

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