Since we formed SmartFelt Toys a few years ago, A LOT of people have told us:
"You should go on Shark Tank!"
We hear it everywhere we go; from trade shows to conferences and dinner parties.
From parents and educators to Toy Biz Experts and Specialty Toy Store owners.
Whatever the reasoning behind it (our inspirational origin story, unique patented, award-winning products or the fact that we are literally a mom and pop shop) the chorus has been a consistent one.
"You should go on Shark Tank."
Those of you who've followed our company's journey are aware that our first two language-building felt playsets - MY LITTLE HOUSE and MY LITTLE FARM - have won a ton of awards from both mainstream organizations and those dealing with differently-abled kids.
You can see most of those awards seals proudly displayed on our website.
AND NOW... we're honored that our two new products for 2022 are getting a lot of love and recognition from a prestigious source.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Yvonne Johansen.
Hi Yvonne, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story? As a Speech Language Pathologist who has been working with little ones for more than three decades, it’s rewarding, a little surprising and very fulfilling to look back at the road I’ve traveled and the journey I’ve taken.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to work with children. I enrolled in college not knowing exactly what my role with k...
Over the course of my 30+ career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I've been asked many questions by parents and those interested in getting into the field. Here, in no particular order, are some of the most common.
What is Speech Pathology?
Speech pathology, or speech-language pathology, is the study and treatment of speech and language problems. It can be extremely rewarding for those of us who love to help others overcome obstacles, build confidence and develop communication abil...
The debate about the ideal learning environment has been ongoing through the centuries, and the shape and style of classrooms has shifted to meet different needs and follow different visions about learning. What makes this debate exciting is the many learning settings that have developed, from seminars to apprenticeships to mixed-age classrooms and self-paced online courses. There is most likely no single best learning environment, as different elements are conducive to different types of lea...
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...
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.
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...
After finishing up a lesson plan the other night, I collapsed in front of the television and switched on the guide. HBO was showing a great little film, The King's Speech. It had been awhile since I saw it last, so I grabbed some popcorn and got comfy. Okay it was a glass of wine, not popcorn. Don't judge me!
Starring Colin Firth, The King's Speech was one of the most talked about films of 2011. This small British film about the real life relationship between an unorthodox speech therapist an...
Hey there Parents, SLPs and educators -
The other day, a good friend of mine (and fellow therapist) and I were talking about great toys that promote early language for her grand daughter.
We talked about the onslaught of electronic toys taking over the aisles of toy stores and websites.
We remarked that nowadays most toys either speak, sing, belch, squawk, whistle, shriek, move, light up or some combination of all of them.
What happened to good old-fashioned sensory toys? Yikes!
While toys wi...