Category Archives: Toddler

Try Step2’s Tropical Island Resort for Open-Ended Play

One of my favorite PAL Award winners this summer has been the Tropical Island Resort by Step2. Winning companies know that I not only test their products, but if they win, I often continue to use them with kids, gathering … Continue reading

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Lego Creative Sorter Wins PAL Award, Speech Therapy Tool

Here’s a multi-use lego DUPLO  bucket for loads of therapy fun. Spread the word to your OT and PT friends too because there is a lot of fine motor planning and execution in this toy. I have worked on verbs, … Continue reading

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Light ‘N Sounds Vroomin’ Vehicles

Toddler toys are sometimes the hardest to recommend. Often we put adult features or themes on kids’ toys that they don’t even relate to but entices parents to buy them. One feature that I always look for is if there … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Top 5 Kid’s Educational Apps for the iPad

Hi this is Andrew from Kids Educational Apps.   Full disclosure: My mom, Sherry, runs Playonwords.com.  As a father and video game enthusiast, I started a website for parents who love games that engage kids and encourage learning.  It just … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Apraxia of Speech

It seems to me that we tend to be too quick to “diagnose” a late talker as apraxic. Once again, I was working with a 20 month old who is behind in talking. He was working with another speech therapist … Continue reading

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The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!

I just watched the new PBS Kids show, “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!” The Cat is back with Martin Short’s voice, pals Sally and Nick, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 to explore the world … Continue reading

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“Little Kids'” Bubbles for Speech Therapy

Most parents think of bubbles as a summer activity–kids chasing down the clear, multi-sized spheres to pop in delight. Certainly they are a great source of outside entertainment, but speech therapists use bubbles all year round and bubbles are one … Continue reading

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“Baby Blessings,” By Michael Jordan’s Mom

I always look at the display of brand new books at our public library when I go. Today I was attracted to Baby Blessings, A Prayer for the Day You Were Born, by Deloris Jordan. It is a precious story … Continue reading

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Sing Along with Bob From Sesame Street

When I was at the Toy Fair last week, I was walking the aisles and noticed a crowd gathering around a man. Of course I had to see who this celebrity was, and there was Bob McGrath, the familiar performer … Continue reading

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Baby Einstein Videos Co-Founder Challenges Research

This past week, the The New York Times reported that William Clark, co-founder of the company that produced “Baby Einstein” videos, has asked a judge to  release information from the University of Washington studies that showed the negative influence of … Continue reading

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