This toy has been in my speech therapy bag since I started working back in 1993….I have had a few versions of it….and continue to buy the new version every time it is updated.  There are so many speech and language concepts that can be addressed while playing with this toy.  To start off just by singing Old MacDonald………you are incorporating music into the therapy session….if you read under teach me to talk you will see how music helps language. 

Remember to use the strategies of self talk and parallel talk….as well as expansion (also filed under teach me to talk).  Using these strategies will enhance expressive language development in your little one.  And this toy is perfect for easily incorporating the strategies I just listed. 

Also great for location words such as: above, under, next to, on top, above…..and wonderful for following simple directives (refer to the teach me to understand page)….and use the strategy: ready, set, action… improve your little ones ability to understand language and following directions.


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 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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