There is no single miracle toy that jump-starts every child’s path in learning communication and speech. In fact, kids learn best in different ways, and a variety of different toys and techniques can help kids develop skills more fully. Different toys have certain elements that can really help with language development, many providing special support for nonverbal children who are putting together the building blocks of speech.
Making any Toy a Learning Toy
Whether you’re playing farm togeth...
Those of you who have read my previous I Married an SLP blogs are aware of one thing: that I have always been, and continue to be, in awe of my wife the SLP.
NOW MORE THAN EVER
And the pandemic has only served to shock and awe me even more.
My unbridled admiration is not limited to my better half: it extends to all of you SLPs, OTs, ESLs, EIs, clinicians, therapists, teachers and educators who work with our nation's little ones.
Especially now, as most schools remain closed and di...
2020, Good riddance!
If you're anything like us, you cannot wait to turn the page on this most heartbreaking, nerve wracking and devastating year anyone under 100 years of age can remember.
It was a year of lost loved ones, lost businesses, lost jobs, lost homes and lost faith.
Simply horrible. Almost no words to describe the toll this pandemic has taken on us all.
Like 300,000 plus other American families, we also lost a parent to this scourge, and were - sadly and helplessly - not able to b...
Let's get this out of the way right off the top.
I am incredibly grateful to have a job...especially at a time when unemployment in the US is at an all-time high.
Now, having said that, as a School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist, I have been absolutely terrified, since our last school year ended, at the possibility that I'd have to go back to school in the middle of this pandemic.
The mere possibility of being inside a school building, surrounded by hundreds of adorable and l...
If you had told me 15 years ago that I could fall as deeply in love with a pet as I have, or be as devastated by his loss as I am right now, I would not have believed it.
But here I am; sad beyond belief.
We recently said goodbye to our beloved Charlie, after 14 1/2 amazing years.
He was beautiful, hilarious, independent and stubborn - yet loyal and unconditionally loving.
And to say he saved a family would not be an understatement. It's not up for debate, he saved ours!
Not in the...
As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I find the most invaluable things I can work on with my early learners are early language concepts!
I know,What a concept, right?
It's so important in the formulation of early language and vocabulary skills that kiddos embrace, learn and understand those concepts because, as we all know, they are the building blocks of effective language and speech.
Recently, I blogged about my appreciation and semi-reverence for my SLP-wife, Yvonne, and all of you therapists, teachers, clinicians, and other educators who have devoted your professional selves to making the lives of others better.
First, and most importantly, I hope this blog post finds you all healthy and safe! That's really all that matters!These strange and unprecedented times have thrown us all for the proverbial loop and presented the biggest challenge many of us will ever have to face. Never before have we, as a country, had to deal with a scourge as widespread and insidious as Covid-19. But I suspect (and hope) that if we, as a nation, play it smart and listen to the advice of the world's medical professionals, ...
SIZE DOES MATTER!
Sometimes Necessity actually is the Mother of Invention.
I know it certainly was the mother of my invention.For 20 years as an Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), I lugged a therapy bag around from home to home, school to school and clinic to clinic. That trusty bag o' mine would be stuffed to the gills with a variety of tools and toys.
Because every kid's needs are different; every session required different go-to resources; games, flash cards, felt boards, tactile toys, mem...
Sometimes, the greatest resource that a speech language pathologist can possibly have is...fellow therapists.
Experience is wonderful. Support from the school system is fantastic, and parents who are on board with the plan is a bonus.
But while most language and speech issues can be improved - if not cured - through one-on-one therapy, occasionally a case comes along that's just too tricky, too unusual, too complicated, or too high above an SLP's pay grade to be solved by a solo speech pathologist.