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Be The Toy…Part 3

The Podcast is back…. I had to take a springtime allergy hiatus due to my raspy voice… but I am healed!
Today we’re continuing with my Be The Toy series! I’ve received so many emails about this topic from SLPs and Developmental Therapists… with one common denominator. We all have kids like this from [...]

Be the Toy Part 2

Do you know a child who becomes so obsessed with a toy bag that he doesn’t include you in play? OR do you know a child who is so disregulated that he’s “all over you.” I have some ideas for you!!
In last week’s podcast I began this series Be the Toy! Today’s episode is [...]

BE THE TOY!

In this week’s podcast I answered this question I received from an SLP:
“I have started looking through your books and I love them - such useful information to share with parents too! I have a question regarding problems that arise in therapy and it might be a simple obvious answer but I’ll ask [...]

Podcast for Using a Modified Cycles Approach for Toddlers

Today I had a great show with SLP Dawn Moore who shared how she targets speech sounds in very young children with phonological disorders.
A Cycles Therapy approach exposes young children to speech sounds they don’t currently use in word approximations. Dawn feels that this fast-paced patterns approach (vs. targeting one sound at a time) [...]

Extending a Toddler’s Attention Span on the Podcast

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For today’s podcast I talked about toddler attention spans.
Information for this show included the following resources:
This post with references for what’s normal and a very practical way to improve a young child’s attention during play.
A chapter from my [...]

The “One More” Rule to Extend a Toddler’s Attention

This week I’ve done lots of thinking about the attention spans of toddlers.
Thinking for me always involves reading to see what other SLPs have written and what the research says. Here’s the best of what I found:
At www.studydog.com there’s a great graphic for the attention span of children ages 2 to 10 with [...]

Toddler Groups

One of the best experiences of my professional career was running a playgroup program for toddlers with communication delays/disorders. I’ve mentioned this several times on my podcast and last month I received a request from a speech-language pathologist to talk more about my program and more importantly, give her some ideas to use in these [...]

Books Come to Life with Props

Have you noticed that many toddlers with receptive language delays don’t enjoy reading books with another person?
This can break a mom’s heart, particularly if she likes reading or if she feels unsuccessful trying to “teach” her child.
This may also frustrate a therapist who thinks, “How am I ever going to get this [...]

Play Ideas for Kids Who Don’t Like Toys

Do you have any kids you’re seeing who don’t seem to like ANYTHING you plan for therapy?
Are you frustrated when your own toddler would rather play with the box than with the $30 toy you just bought?
Have I got some great new ideas for you!!
Last month I did two entire podcasts full of [...]

Toy Rotation

Are you drowning in the sea of all the junk, I mean, presents your kids received for Christmas?
Are you frustrated when your child has a room full of toys but doesn’t seem to want to play with anything?
As a therapist, are your little clients bored when you present the same activities session after session?
I [...]


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