You heard it on NPR (maybe just me- ha!) and you’ve read about it over and over again; time outside for kids is good. I was introduced to an all outdoors preschool about a year ago where I saw one of its students for social skills and language therapy. It was an inspiring experience to … Continue reading Nature Language Learning
As a traveling speech therapist I do a lot of packing, driving and unpacking. I tend to think through my day and load up my car with items that I think I will need for specific clients (S sound flashcards, verb cards, etc.). However, I almost always have my go-to "staples" in my bag that … Continue reading What’s in my Bag (and what should be in your parent / therapist bag too)!
Apparently, I had played Chutes & Ladders one time too many last month (side note- great game the first 697 times you play it) and decided that my game rotation needed a few new ones in the collection. The vast majority of my games are thrifted. You can find AWESOME, barely used games at Goodwill … Continue reading Games I am Digging
So today I am suggesting not just one book, but an entire series by Fiona Watt. I was gifted the That’s Not my Puppy book at my baby shower this past summer and thought it was the cutest. The friend who gifted it (a fabulous retired SLP) told me there was an entire series, and I … Continue reading Sunday Stories: That’s not my…
Most families end up spending a lot of time in the car, oftentimes stuck in traffic. No judgement if you have to use an iPad to survive, but here are a few suggestions to help lessen the need for technology in the car (and bonus points for sneaking in language targets!) Play “I spy” using … Continue reading 5 Targets when… Riding in the Car
Many parents often ask me for ideas of things to do with their young children that 1. Doesn’t cost a bunch of money, and 2. Is a safe place if their child is still working on listening/sitting/talking/etc. My go-to suggestion is the library! The library is not the silent place with the scary librarian that … Continue reading Go to the Library!
]I am three months into this mom gig and already can appreciate that the hours in the day get magically swallowed up, and sometimes you have nothing to show for it (not even a shower). I have always been a big proponent of making practical suggestions to families to work on targeted skills at home. … Continue reading New Blog Series: 5 Targets When…
I feel like an old lady when I say things like "Where has the year gone?" or "I can't believe it's already December." I guess throw me my knitted booties and tea, because that's where I am at people. How is it already December?? Instead of snow, Winters in the Northwest often mean grey skies and rain. And more … Continue reading Sunday Stories
Have you ever found yourself asking your child to do something and it goes like this…. You: “Do you want to help me clean up?” Child: “no.” In all fairness you did “ask” if they wanted to clean up. Aside from “asking” instead of “telling” children to do something they may not be thrilled to … Continue reading Say NO! (To yes/no questions)
I’ve got a book today that will entertain a 3 year old as equally as an 8 year old! It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Published in 1978, Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePoala is the picture book I go to again and again! I love a good picture book in general because it allows … Continue reading Sunday Stories