Developing Early Speech

Developmentally, the first sounds a child uses are /m/, /p/, /b/ and vowels.  Sometimes /d/ is an early sound as well. If your child seems to be making sounds but is slow to combine the sounds into words, practicing consonant-vowel combinations with the sounds that are in their repertoire is a good way to build… Continue reading Developing Early Speech

An App Discovery

I love to share with you my new discoveries! Beginning with Babble is a new app that has been developed by LEAP (Language Empowers All People) to assist caregivers of children birth to aged 4 with appropriate engagement and language modelling.  LEAP, a non-profit organization, has been at the forefront of research-based language and literacy… Continue reading An App Discovery

Mini Sensory Bin

Create a mini sensory bin for holiday play.  Learn new vocabulary, sort, compare, contrast and engage in pretend play.  Put it in a container with a lid and you have an inexpensive learning toy that travels! This one was made with Christmas minis and buttons from Michael’s Craft store. Have fun!  One Word at a… Continue reading Mini Sensory Bin

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Do you have a little one starting kindergarten in the fall?  Research shows that success in kindergarten sets the tone for continued success throughout future years of education.  Here are some practical skills that can make your kindergartener a kindergarten-super star: 1:  The ability to follow group instructions and physically stay within a group.  I… Continue reading Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Summer Play List – Revised

I’m revising my list of top toys for indoor summer play to include some new discoveries. Enjoy! Construction Because so many of the kiddos that I see have difficulty with coordination, I like building toys that don’t topple easily.  They can build bigger and taller without their masterpiece falling down.  I love: Duplo blocks, Bristle… Continue reading Summer Play List – Revised

The Hierarchy of Toys – Part 2

I recently presented at our state speech-language pathology association conference.  My topic was “The Hierarchy of Toys”.  I gave strategies to sequence and pair toys with the levels of play to achieve therapeutic outcomes.  Here is a snippet of my workshop: Ignoring  the child pays attention to non-toys; paces or wonders about the room without… Continue reading The Hierarchy of Toys – Part 2

Expanding Language With Easter Eggs

Here are a few quick ideas to use plastic Easter eggs to enhance and expand your child’s language Hide plastic eggs and describe them as you find them….”big egg, little egg, blue egg, big pink egg, yellow and green egg”.  Or, put them in a bag and have your child draw out an egg and… Continue reading Expanding Language With Easter Eggs