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

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

Flexible Brains

We had fun in social skills group yesterday, and I think that you could do a similar activity at your house. I introduced the concept of a “flexible brain”.  A flexible brain is one that can accept change and can consider alternative possibilities and solutions.  The opposite of a flexible brain is a (using the… Continue reading Flexible Brains

Fall Fun

Autumn is probably my favorite season for teaching thematically.  I  tend to do two week units, and in the fall my units are vocabulary based with activities that are themed around fall words.  Starting in September, I begin a series of units on buses, apples, leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, Halloween (costumes, monsters, jack-o-lanterns, spiders) and turkeys.  Most,… Continue reading Fall Fun