Games that Target Asking Questions

For many children with language delays and disabilities, asking questions can be a challenging. It seems natural to ask questions for children that present with typical speech and language development but for those who struggle, what types of activities can help elicit asking questions? This can be a tricky thing because asking questions usually … [Read more...]

Learning Language with Early Comprehension Story Wheels

As an educator, I love exploring different educational products that can be used both in my home and for therapy with my students. After visiting my local Lakeshore Learning Educational Store, I found this great product called Early Comprehension Story Wheels. I love these story wheels because it incorporates both pictures and text. The activity … [Read more...]

Bluebee Pals review plus Speech and Language Goals

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to encourage social language, expressive language and play? Check out one of my new favorite therapy tools, Bluebee Pals!  What is a Bluebee Pal? A Bluebee Pal is a plush educational learning tool that can be connected to a tablet, phone or computer via bluetooth. Once connected to a device (such as an … [Read more...]

Do You Like Pie? Improving Speech through Music

Do you have a child with apraxia? How about a speech and language delay? Check out this CD, titled Do You Like Pie? by Pam Marshalla, speech language pathologist. The CD includes 10 songs that help facilitate speech that can be used in the car, at home, in therapy or on the go. Each song has repeating phonemes, syllables and words, which can help … [Read more...]

Eeboo Story Cards

Do you want to help improve your child's ability to sequence and tell a story? Putting pictures together and creating a story in a logical order is an important part of language development for a young child. We use our sequencing skills all day from our daily schedule to relaying a story to a friend. I love Eeboo Story Cards because they are … [Read more...]

MimiQ Card Game

Do you have a child with childhood apraxia or speech? Does your child have trouble imitating movements, sounds or facial expressions? Are you looking for a fun and simple game that will help your child work on imitation, following directions and turn taking? Try this game called MimiQ. I bought this game at a toy store a couple of months ago … [Read more...]

Kimochis….Social and Emotional Learning

What are Kimochis? Kimochi means "feeling" in Japanese. I participated in a wonderful workshop given by a fellow speech language pathologist, Ellen Dodge regarding social emotional intelligence and competence. I wasn't sure what to expect when I took this conference for continuing education credit. Within ten minutes of being at the workshop, I was … [Read more...]

Lego Crayons with Language Tips

Over the February break, my son and I had some time to do some crafts (there was a lot of snow outside). I bought Lego molds many months ago but never used it. I always wanted to try making my own crayons and I thought it would be even cooler if I could make Lego crayons! We simply took leftover broken crayons, took the wrappers off and went to … [Read more...]

Building Language with Mr. and Ms. Food Plates

Do you struggle at mealtime with your children? As parents we have all had our challenging meals and want to make mealtime a fun and relaxing experience. On top of making it fun and relaxing, it's even more ideal when we can facilitate language and help build our children's skills when spending time together. I wanted to share these Mr. and Mrs. … [Read more...]

Healthy Helpings A MyPlate Game

Do you want to teach your children the food groups? Try playing this game; Healthy Helpings, A MyPlate Game. When I was investigating some resources for training staff at my work about nutrition, I came across this game on Amazon. My close friend who is a registered dietitian, Allison Topilow recommended the site choosemyplate.gov for valuable … [Read more...]

Magical Book Reader, a review with language tips!

Are you a speech language pathologist who is looking for a new therapy tool? Are you a parent who wants your child to become more excited about books?  Try this Magical Book Reader! I was contacted by Magical Book Readers company a couple of weeks ago and was thrilled when I received it in the mail. After checking out their website, I was … [Read more...]

In-Sync Activity Cards

Does your child have trouble sitting down at meals? Does your child also have sensory processing issues? If so, check out these In-Sync Activity Cards that are made for children with sensory processing issues. I think many parents struggle to have their child sit down at a meal especially those who have hyperactive children with  sensory processing … [Read more...]

Yum Yum Crafty Fun

Yum Yum Crafty Fun is a fun and creative toy that is appropriate for a child ages 3 and up. This  toy comes with crafts to create a pie, cookies, ice cream cone, cake, pizza and much more (contains 12 activities). I love that each project is wrapped separately (anything to help organize me is good!). With these various projects, you can work on … [Read more...]

Make a Meal Sticker Pad

I found Make a Meal Sticker Pad (ages 3 and up) by Melissa and Doug the other day at the pharmacy and immediately bought it. This toy is very versatile because it is gender friendly and can be used with a variety of ages.  When using this sticker pad, I had each of my children pick a place mat that they wanted (work on colors and patterns). Then I … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Game

The Lunch Box Game (3-7 years old) is a fun and educational game that can easily be played during snack time or after a meal. With this game, your child can help build pragmatic language skills (e.g. turn taking, maintaining topic) and improve visual awareness (by finding the particular item in their lunchbox). With this game, you can also target … [Read more...]

Cupcake Game

Cupcake Game (5 years and up) by Eeboo is a fun and interactive game that both you and your child will enjoy in a variety of ways. The object of the game is to collect all of your ingredients first before anyone else. This game naturally focuses primarily on categorization  (dry ingredients, wet ingredients, etc) in order to make  your cupcake.  I … [Read more...]

Creativity Fun: Kitchen

Creativity Fun: Kitchen will keep you and your child busy for hours. This book is full of fun activities to do with your child including coloring, cutting, gluing and lots of stickers. Creativity Fun Kitchen is geared towards food and cooking in the kitchen. I have been working on this book with my daughter every morning for the past three days and … [Read more...]

Crazy Faces

Crazy Faces (ages 5 and up) by Eeboo is great game to play during mealtime or any other play time. You can play it as instructed (Crazy 8's) or you can play it many other ways. The first way that I played it was to show the cards during mealtime and my kids would have to guess what the food is. We also worked on feelings by me asking them "How is … [Read more...]

Eeboo Good Manners Cards

Eeboo Good Manners Flash Cards (ages 3 and up but you can easily introduce this to a child about 2.5 to 3) is an excellent game to play while having a meal with your children.  I originally bought these flashcards years ago to use with the teenagers that I see at work. I pulled these out the other day and realized what a great activity this was to … [Read more...]

Egg Activity

I recently found "Small World Express Egg Shape Sorter" toy in my closet. I had put it away when my children were babiesI decided to give it a test drive. My kids loved it and have been playing with it all week. Its a great way to work on sorting, colors, shapes and fine motor manipulation.  After playing with the eggs for awhile, we decided to … [Read more...]

I Never Forget a Face Memory Game

 I bought "I Never Forget a Face Memory Game" by Feboo the other day and  love it. This game is created for a child 36 months to 10 years old. My daughter and I played this game at the kitchen table when having breakfast. It a great tabletop game that can be played during a light meal or snack time. "I Never Forget a Face" is an excellent game to … [Read more...]

Tell Me a Story – Animal Village

Tell me a Story is an excellent toy that can be used in many different ways. Most recently, we have been using this toy during mealtime (specifically breakfast). The toy includes 36 flashcards with various animals in various settings doing a variety of different things (e.g playing music, baking, etc). We begin by setting up 2-5 cards (depending on … [Read more...]