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Last Minute Easter Idea for Toddlers… Playdoh! Therapy Tip of the Week 4.14.14

Here’s an EASY idea for Easter that anyone can pull off… Easter play doh! Watch for details below including tips for containing the mess, advice for kids who with tactile defensiveness who may not enjoy this rich sensory experience yet, and most importantly, a full discussion of the various goals you can address with this [...]

Ideas for Fine Motor and Cognitive Skills - Therapy Tip of the Week for 3.12.14

Therapy Tip of the Week is back!!!
I’m so excited to share this darling idea for making ribbon toys. Beyond being fun for toddlers, this homemade activity targets fine motor, cognitive, sensory, and visual processing skills. If you’re wondering WHY this is important for speech-language development, then watch the video!
For additional ideas to work on important [...]

5 Reasons to Use Simple, Homemade Activities with Toddlers

While I love toys as much (probably more!) as any SLP I know, I have also learned to value very simple homemade activities for toddlers. I’ve come to think of these activities as “games,” and that’s the word I use when I’m introducing these activities to children and to parents.
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Add Novelty to Expand Play and Reduce Boredom!

Are you “stuck” with a child who only wants to play with the same toy in the same way over and over?
That kind of perseverative play is often seen in toddlers with developmental delays. We need to break this pattern so that a child can move on to do (and learn) something new.
Many times [...]

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 [...]

Great Toys and Games from Play On Words!

On Monday, September 23, 2013, SLP Sherry Artemenko joined me for the podcast and talked about GREAT toys and games to use with toddlers and young preschoolers. Sherry is a “toy expert” and authors the fantastic website www.playonwords.com. Several years ago she established her own PAL Award so that she could recognize exceptional toys, games [...]

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Recommended Toys & Techniques for Targeting Language in Toddlers

To help you with your Christmas shopping, I’m re-publishing a list of toys I LOVE and use in my practice as a speech-language pathologist with babies and toddlers.
I’ll also tell you that I’m currently working on a NEW book filled with even more toy ideas and specific ways to use those to facilitate language [...]

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“Teach Me To Play WITH You”

I’m so excited to announce my latest project from teachmetotalk.com.
“Teach Me To Play WITH You: Easy Games, Songs, and Play Activities to Teach Social Interaction to Toddlers and Young Preschoolers with Language Delays”  is a therapy guide for parents and professionals who work with young children with social and communication delays.
This 185 page [...]

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