Winter Games to Help Build Speech & Language Skills

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Although “winter” has not really hit us here in California yet (WE NEED RAIN!!) I read about my friends on the east coast buckling down for winter storms and snow days. (I may be a little jealous!) Winter generally means more time inside and, if you live in some areas, it means school closures. Sometimes, finding things to do during snow days for your children with special needs can be a bit challenging. Last month, I shared 10 “Wintery” Games {Read More}

1-2-3 Just PLAY with Me: Review and Giveaway

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I am a HUGE advocate for PLAY. Children learn SO MUCH from play…including speech and language! When parents ask me how they can best help their young children with their communication skills, one thing I always say is: PLAY WITH THEM! However, many parents out there are unsure what this looks like or why it is so important. So when the creators of a new product called 1-2-3 Just Play with Me contacted me about reviewing their product, I was interested {Read More}

100 Days of PLAY: The Importance of PLAY for Speech and Language Development {With Tips}

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I am writing this post as part of the 100 Days of Play Challenge hosted by SunScholars and Life at the Zoo. What is 100 Days of Play? “For 100 days, commit to connecting with your children ~ in their world.  Commit to 100 Days of Play!  Let the housework sit untouched for 30 minutes, get away from the stress of the world, get on the floor and give the gift of your time to your children., no doubt you have {Read More}

Story Telling Game: Tell Tale

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I recently got my hands on a new game and I HAD to write a post about it. I had seen some reviews on this game and thought it would be AWESOME for use in therapy (and also tons of fun for my own family). And I was right! The Game The game is Tell Tale Card Game: Take a Journey Into Storyland by Blue Orange Games. Simply put, it is a small canister filled with 60 round cards with {Read More}

Five Playful Ways to Expand Your Toddler’s Vocabulary While Outdoors

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The weather is starting to warm up (well, in some places anyway!) as Spring is here. It is time to get OUTDOORS with your little ones and PLAY! Every activity and routine in an opportunity for your toddler or preschooler to learn new vocabulary and playing outside in no exception. Here are 5 playful ways to expand your child’s vocabulary while OUTDOORS! Bust out the BUBBLES! Spring is a GREAT time to get out the bubbles! Especially when you have {Read More}

DIY Mini White Water Rapids

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Today we have Carla from Preschool POWOL Packets sharing this super fun white water rapids activity you can do with your littles! This would be a GREAT activity for a hot day outside, or you can adapt it as an indoor activity (bath time?). This is great for working on vocabulary such as in, out, float, under, boat, water, river, first, next, last, etc. LOVE IT!! I am definitely doing this one ASAP! ~Katie I’m so glad Katie invited me {Read More}

Toddler Science Experiment

What a FUN activity Melanie brings us today…great for a rainy (or HOT) day! I plan on doing this with my own kids and possibly with my speech clients also! ~Katie **************************************** This is a great experiment that helps children learn the properties of liquids when they are ready to study the states of matter – solids, liquids and gases. Supplies Needed: Wax Paper, Dropper, Water and a Toothpick for each child. (Food Coloring is optional but adds to the {Read More}

The Many Faces of Mr. Potato Head {Guest Post}

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Today we have Miss Speechy, a fellow SLP, sharing with us the many way she uses Mr. Potato Head in therapy and shares some great online visuals she has used in her sessions! Enjoy! ~Katie ******************************************************* Using Mr. Potato Head in Speech Therapy Do you use this classic toy?  This fun toy can be used in so many ways!  I work with students that are nonverbal or with limited language over the summer.  I am frequently grabbing this toy off {Read More}

Freebie Friday: Princess Barrier Game!

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Well…its been several weeks since I brought you all a freebie Friday post! So here is one for you! A simple yet fun Princess Barrier Game for the princess(es) in your life! (Princess images purchased from Scrappin Doodles, background image purchased from ClipArtOf) What is a barrier game? A barrier game requires two or more players sitting around a table with some kind of barrier(s) so that players cannot see each other’s materials (books, file folders, or binders can work as {Read More}

Using Train Sets to Stimulate Language Skills

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The first year I started working with preschoolers, I had several students who were on the autism spectrum who        L O V E D Thomas the Train. I soon  discovered I had several children not on the autism who loved Thomas the Train. Ok so 80% of my caseload were obsessed with this little blue train and his little friends. So off I went to buy myself my own set. This, along with my Marble Race Game are two of {Read More}

Building Forts, Building Language

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  I recently did a guest post over at Living Life Intentionally on how great fort building can be for speech and language development. I’d love you to go over and check that post out on her blog HERE and let me know what you think!!   See you over there!    

One of Our Favorite “Toys” on a Rainy Day

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All of a sudden…it’s raining. After a very dry winter, spring has finally brought us rain! I actually LOVE LOVE LOVE rain. I always have. I am an odd one who gets all excited when I wake up to clouds and gloom. Except that this time the rain has come and  ruined our plans two weekends in a row. Sigh. Last weekend we made use of the rain and got a TON of spring cleaning done around the house (did {Read More}