Let's Talk Speech Therapy
  • Sensory Toys: Put the Batteries Away

    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...
  • Welcome to SmartFelt Toys!

    Welcome to SmartFelt Toys!  I'm excited by the notion of using this space to share with you my ideas, years of experience and inspirations. It seems appropriate that my first post should be one where I tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Yvonne Johansen. I'm a Speech Pathologist, wife, mother, language-building toy inventor and the owner and founder of SmartFelt Toys. After graduating from Teachers College, at Columbia University, I began working with 0-3 year olds back in New York...