Category Archives: Strategies to Encourange Language Development

Helpful Calendar for New Moms and Dads to Promote Language

I’m always up for a surprise and since launching my website, playonwords.com, I have had some delightful surprises, meeting interesting people. About 2 weeks ago I got a note from a fellow speech pathologist, Debra Levinson, who liked my website … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Tips for Reading to your Child

Whether you are reading to your preschooler or elementary aged child, point out the vocabulary associated with reading that will later help your child become a good writer. Point out the title and the author. Talk about what an author … Continue reading

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Stimulating Your Toddler’s Language

I just got a call from Will’s parents excitedly telling me that he was putting 2 words together and gabbing away in the bathtub! He had said “pine cone” and “thunder boom” on his walk outside and later during a … Continue reading

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Stuttering or Normal Dysfluency?

I have been working with little William since he was 16 months old and not saying words yet. He has made steady progress and seems to be taking off with his language development lately. He just turned 3 years old, … Continue reading

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Best Toddler Toys

As parents we are bombarded with the next best toy coming out on the market. Having walked through the many floors of the 2008 International Toy Fair in New York City, I was overwhelmed with the spirit of invention, creativity … Continue reading

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A Great Resource for Parents: Parents’ Choice Newsletter

As parents we are always looking for helpful sites on the internet to make our job easier. I have mentioned before that the Parents’ Choice Foundation site has interesting articles, and reviews of award-winning toys, games, books and media selections … Continue reading

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A New Resource for Teaching Baby Sign Language

  When I was at the International Toy Fair in New York City in February, I stopped in at Dolphin Books and was introduced to their new book on baby signs,  A First Guide to Baby Signing. I was impressed because it … Continue reading

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Lessons from an 18 Month-Old Toddler

You don’t always need toys: Okay it is embarrassing to admit this as a toy expert, but I was reminded of how little kids need to have fun. Our assignment after Ben was born, was to occupy Will, 18 months, … Continue reading

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Best Pirate Ships for Pretend Play

Maybe because I am working with a lot of boys lately or it’s spring and the ships are sailing, but my thoughts are turned to finding a great pirate ship for pretend play. Kids love to invent a story about … Continue reading

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The Importance of Pretend Play for Language Development

When you watch two three-year-olds preparing a meal at their kid-sized kitchen or taking their trucks for repair or cars to the car wash, you know that they are doing more than just playing. Their creative and inquisitive minds are … Continue reading

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