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Toys and Games to Promote Your Preschooler’s Speech, Language, and Cognition

Toys and Games to Promote Your Preschooler's Speech, Language and Cognition Every year, I compile a list of my favorite toys and games. Here are my posts from years past: 2014 Speech Therapy Toys for Toddlers *FYI All toddler related...

7 Close-Ended Games, Activities, & Toys to Build Attention in Preschoolers

Close-ended activities are those that have an end result or a specific objective to achieve. These activities help build attention in young children. 7 Close Ended Games, Activities, & Toys to Build Attention in Preschoolers Photo Credit:...

2013 Preschooler Toys to Improve Cognition, Play, and Language

2013 Preschooler Toys to Improve Cognition, Play, and Language Here's my 2013 Best of Preschooler Toys to Improve Cognition, Play, and Language. Every year, to the dismay of the economical husband, I spend a good amount of money on toys (aka...

Speech Therapy Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Speech Therapy Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers Not too sure what toys or games to buy for your toddler or preschooler? Let me try to make things a little easier for you. The following are toys I use during my therapy sessions. My clients...

Toys and Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Toys and Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers Speech Therapy Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers Since many of my parents ask me for toy recommendations for the holidays, I have decided to create a recommended toy list for toddlers and...

Christmas/Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

Tradition! It’s part of what makes the holidays so special. For many of us, getting in the spirit entails taking out the lights and displays and festively decorating our homes while playing Christmas carols and sipping eggnog. Or, it...

The Time Timer: What Most Speech Therapists, Educators, and Parents Should Own

“We’re leaving the house in 5 minutes.” “Bedtime is in 15 minutes!” “You have ten minutes to answer these questions.” To many children, these statements mean nothing. What does 10 minutes look like? What does it feel...

Fun Activities to Promote Listening Skills

  Good listening is imperative to learning and academic success. In this post, I’m sharing some fun activities to promote active listening skills. Included, you’ll see pictures of a resource I created. This packet is...

Listening Skills: The Give Me Five Technique

Listening and learning go hand-in-hand. Weak listening skills can negatively impact a person’s ability to learn. Many children need to learn how to listen. According to speech language pathologists, Liz Spooner and Jacqui Woodcock, and...

Listening Skills: How to Get Your Child’s Attention BEFORE Speaking

Photo Credit: wildrosetn39 How often do we give a child a direction to follow, a task to complete, or a question to answer only to be met with a “What?” or no response at all? If you have a child who struggles to understand auditory...

Yeti in My Spaghetti: A Fun Speech Therapy Game

As a speech language pathologist (SLP) who "plays" throughout the day,  I’ve amassed a cornucopia of toys and games to foster the development of various speech, language, and social communication skills. One game I recently discovered...

Help My Child to Read Series: Preschool Alliteration Books

Help My Child to Read Series: Preschool Alliteration Books What Is Alliteration? As I define in the parent guide of my book, Learning to Read is a Ball alliteration is: “The repetition of the same sound at the beginning of words in a...

Resources

Since my readers and clients regularly ask for my favorite speech and language resources, I’ve created this comprehensive resource page. My hope is that these resources can help address some of your questions or concerns. This page includes...

Help My Child to Read: 10 Print Salient Books for Your Emerging Reader

Help My Child to Read: 10 Print Salient Books for Your Emerging Reader What is Salient Print? Salient Print is print that is purposefully noticeable, interesting and gets children’s attention. They want to focus on the print. This in turn,...

Help My Child to Read: What’s the Pre-Alphabet Stage?

Help My Child to Read: What’s the Pre-alphabet Stage In this emergent literacy stage, children identify words based on visual features and context. Photo Credit: second_mouse This is also known as the visual cue phase. Children have not...

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