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How to pick a great toy?

As a speech pathologist, one of the questions I am often asked is “What toys will help my child talk?” The toys on this list include many of my “must-haves” for working with early language learners, as well as those that I would generally recommend to parents of young...

Mr Potato Head

As a child, I always wanted a Mr Potato Head. I didn't have one as a child, but it was one of the first toys I purchased for my clinic room. Everybody loves Mr Potato head. Here are some of the things I use Mr Potato head for in the clinic: *Making requests (e.g., ‘I...

Build a Beetle

  Love this all-rounder game. Such a multitude of goals for language, articulation, social and fine motor. Build a Beetle is fantastic for turn-taking and addressing flexibility in gameplay. Is your beetle going to be one colour or multicoloured? The flexibility...

Guess Who

Guess Who Guess who a versatile game for your therapy room cupboard. The traditional gameplay is more complicated for young language users that it first appears. When introducing Guess who it is essential to complete task analysis of the language skills required for...

Shopping List Game

The Shopping List Game: A clinic favourite! I love the Shopping List Game, made by Orchard Toys. The aim of the Shopping List game is to fill your shopping trolley with the items on your list. The game is easily modified depending on the child’s age and ability.  You...

In the clinic this week – high reps

I have had a lot of articulation happening in the clinic this week.  We have been working on getting high repetitions at word level. Here are some of my tips to get high repetitions from kids. Tip one Counters are awesome.  If you haven't got one head down to your...

Therapy Tip – and it’s food!

Therapy tip Now I know not everyone is keen on using food as part of a reward system in therapy.  This one passes our criteria and that of the parents who attend the clinic. Drumroll! It's a popcorn maker and bag of Popping corn.  Set up your activity and targets. ...

In the clinic this week…

I only work clinically two days a week these days.  Running my private practice takes the rest of my time.  What I love about those two days is the contact with my kids and the work we get done.  This week was a particularly fun week, so I thought I would share what...

How to share an imagination

I am a sucker for the middle aisle of Aldi.  They had unicycles last month – doesn’t everyone know someone who needs a unicycle?  Anyway … I didn’t buy a unicycle, but I did buy another load of books. They are hard to go past; great titles, great prices.  A couple of...