Category Archives: Toys

Try Tangle Toys for Attention and Sensory Integration

When I was in the press room (the only place to find a ready chair!) putting my feet up during the Toy Fair 2011, I bumped into a colleague who reviews toys too but from an Occupational Therapist’s viewpoint, as … Continue reading

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Hot New Toy Trends, Toy Fair 2011

After walking the aisles of Toy Fair 2011, taking in all the creativity, innovation and excitement, I’ve caught my breath and am ready to share my impressions and hot tips. This year my mission was the same with a new … Continue reading

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Best Educational Toys To Build Language

I wanted to share my lists of best toys that I began in 2008. For 2008 and 2009 I compiled my list of the best language building toys and launched the PAL Award in 2010 to carry on that tradition. … Continue reading

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Toys: Inventory Kid’s Fun to Get Work Done

After the holidays, we all feel a little overwhelmed by the influx of new toys and games as the piles rise in the playroom. Where do we start to get organized, whittle down the mess and adopt a kid-friendly system … Continue reading

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Best “Toy Story 3” Toys for Creative Play, Speech Therapy

Wow, Toy Story 3 has only been out a few weeks and I am seeing products everywhere. I even went to the grocery store and saw Toy Story cookies and cakes. How do parents sift through all the offerings and … Continue reading

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Using Toys to Extend a Story Book

Cuddle up with a good picture book, add a plush character from the story and you have literacy plus play! I introduced Opal from Toot and Puddle: The One and Only, by Holly Hobbie to little Caroline. She immediately tucked … Continue reading

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Playmobil’s “Family Van With Boat And Trailer”

Summer vacation never looked so good. Load your family of four into their SUV, hook up the boat trailer, pack a picnic and grab the sand toys. This new Playmobil adventure set highlights the company’s incredible engineering and attention to … Continue reading

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Kids’ Creative Play Starts With The Right Toys

A good language enhancing toy will spark a child’s imaginative play.  It is a delight to watch them build on their story as they take a prop and change the action, surroundings and storyline. Yesterday, I made a “Silly Roller” … Continue reading

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Great Dolls for Pretend Play, Less is More

When visiting the International Toy Fair, I was attracted to simple but effective dolls for promoting healthy pretend play. I saw my share of dolls who cry, whine, eat, and make a variety of noises, but my favorites left the … Continue reading

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Teaching Parents to Play With Their Kids

I love to see parents evolve into great play partners for their children. Part of the therapy I do with kids is to educate their parents on how to be involved in building their child’s language. Today I was working … Continue reading

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