Speech therapy toys for children

 Click on the speech therapy toys page for information regarding my favorite toys to use during therapy.  It is a work in progress so I am not yet finished…and probably will continue to add more as I find new toys that work well with the little ones. 

The funny thing about the picture above is the shoe in the picture.  I remember when I was in graduate school at Hofstra University….one of my professors said that a really good therapist can be in a room with a child and a “shoe“…..and if she is good at what she does….she can make it therapeutic……and address the goals that need to be addressed….while keeping the child interested and attentive to the session.  Believe it or not….this has always stuck with me….and following a family centered approach to my therapy sessions…..it really is true…..I do not need a specific toy……an expensive educational toy…….or something magical…..what I have learned to do…..is to do my job with no matter what I have in front of me…..whether it is a shoe….a pencil…..a toy car…….or just me and the child….some how I have been able to use what I have learned…..and based upon my experience….I have been able to “make it work” no matter what is in front of me….and I do not mean that I “make it work” in a subpar way……I make sure it is motivating to the child…..while addressing my target goals.  

Keeping this in mind….I find that the “silly mama” strategy (filed under expressive language) works well when you only have a shoe…a pencil…..or maybe just a hat….find out why by clicking on the expressive language page.

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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