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    Summer Speech Therapy Books

    If you are looking for summer books to use in your speech therapy sessions, I’ve rounded up a list of books by summer themes. Some themes I like to use for summer include the beach, ocean animals, camping, pirates, and more! This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Summer Speech Therapy Books: Ocean-Themed Books: The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Woods The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by RELATED: Summer Speech-Language Activities for Elementary Students Beach-Themed Books: How…

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    The 5 Best Board Games for Preschoolers in 2022

    Board games are one of the best ways of learning for preschoolers. It not only teaches them the concept of rules and gameplay, but they also get to learn a variety of speech, logical and visual reasoning, and social skills in a fun and casual way!   In a world of consumer electronics and video games, board games also present a great bonding experience for families (unless you can buy the rare board game that’s derived from a video game). They allow preschool kids to join in on the wholesome fun.   That said, here are five of the most popular board games on the market specifically designed for preschool…

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    Children’s Books about Speech Disorders

    Books are a wonderful way to teach children about people who communicate in a way that is unfamiliar. They can also help children with a speech disorder feel less alone, knowing that others have gone through the same struggles.  Below is a list of children’s books about speech disorders. (If you have more suggestions to add, please leave a comment below!) This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Children’s Books about Speech Disorders: Stuttering I Talk Like a River This award-winning book describes a “bad speech day” for the narrator. His father picks…

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    Choosing a Homeschool Preschool Curriculum

    I am really excited to start a fun, play-based homeschool program for my preschooler. Here’s more on how I decided which curriculum to use:   Why Even Bother with Homeschool for a Preschooler? I never thought I would be searching for a homeschool preschool curriculum. When people used to tell me that they were going to “homeschool” their preschooler, I thought: Why? Preschoolers need to learn through play. (Spoiler alert: I still believe that preschoolers need to learn through play!) I am so lucky to be staying home this year with my 3.5 year old and newborn. (I’m writing this in fall of 2020 and I was planning to stay…

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    Gifts for Babies that Encourage Language Development

    I’ve complied a list of some of my favorite toys to stimulate early language development in babies. (I usually give one of these as part a baby shower gift or as a first birthday present!) Even before babies learn to talk, they are laying the foundation for talking and communication! As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I use toys during play-based therapy with pre-talkers to establish imitation skills, understanding of cause/effect, receptive language (understanding words/language), and to teach gestures such as pointing, waving, and baby sign language.   This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.…

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    Summer Language Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    Summer is the perfect time to be outdoors – meaning that you don’t have to plan a ton of indoor activities to keep your little ones busy. Take language learning outside with these summer language activities for toddlers and preschoolers! (Don’t worry there are a few indoor summer activities for those rainy days too.)

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    Flower Shop Dramatic Play for Speech Therapy (Free Printable!)

    One of my favorite speech therapy activities is the flower shop pretend play activity for preschoolers. It's perfect to play at home too! I like to use this activity to target both dramatic play as well as describing words. Keep scrolling for a free visual that kids can use as a as a “menu” to order flowers using describing words.

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    The Perfect Activity for Siblings: The “Mystery Craft”

    The idea for the Mystery Craft started in one of my small speech therapy groups when I ended up having to pair two students together that were pretty different in their abilities. (For any speech therapists wondering, one was targeting listening comprehension and the other social/pragmatic skills.) These two boys loved the Mystery Craft and asked for it all the time!   It got me thinking that it would also be perfect for siblings! Okay – here’s how to do it:   Pick a Craft You’ll want to pick a craft that is easy enough for the younger sibling and has the steps either written out or in picture form…