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Speech Therapist Shares Experience with Play Values For Those with Autism Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

TOPICS | Special Needs

What is play? According to the Oxford Dictionary, play means: to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose: to amuse oneself by engaging in imaginative pretense. Sounds great, right? It seems so simple, easy, and fun, doesn’t it? Most people, both adults and children alike, would agree that playing is one of the best parts of life. For children, playing affords them the opportunity to have fun while they are learning skills such as: vocabulary, sound production, asking and answering questions, turn taking, eye contact, social greetings, role playing, pretend play, and joint attention just to name a few. For adults, it’s the time when we can escape our reality or the day to day monotony and have fun. However, for the 1 in ... (click here to read more)


A Working Mother’s Solution to Stimulating Your Child’s Language and Development Posted Monday, April 7, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Special Needs

As a Speech-Language Pathologist for almost 20 years, I have spent thousands of hours playing with children. However, as a working mother of two young boys, I know the challenges and juggling act that balancing work and family brings to a home. Kids want to play...all the time! They don’t care if you are rushing out for a meeting or appointment at work, trying to do the mountain of laundry that has built up, or simply trying get yourself ready for the day while simultaneously packing backpacks, lunches, and refereeing a fight amongst siblings. As parents, we all want to see our children grow and flourish in every area of development and would do most anything to see this happen. Yet, there are thousands of toys on the market making the possibilities endless and overwhelming for parents ... (click here to read more)


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month Posted Monday, March 10, 2014

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Let's Play - The Value of Play Through the Eyes of a Speech Pathologist Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Special Needs

Let’s Play!
Play with Me!
I Want to Play!

As parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, or friends, how many times have you heard those words uttered? Being the adults in a child’s world, we always (or maybe I should say more realistically, sometimes) agree to play. After all, who can rightfully turn down a cute face smiling up at you looking for some attention?

But what is play? What does it actually mean when you sit down on the floor and gather up some toys and begin to play? Maybe it’s a farm or a dollhouse; or maybe it’s a board game, some blocks, or trains. Whatever the play entails, you do it. You move some pawns, role play, dress up in crazy costumes, or make sounds and silly noises. Everyone is happy- especially ... (click here to read more)


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