Mr. Potato Head and Speech Therapy

 

Mr. Potato Head has been in my speech therapy bag since I started working back in 1993.  It is a great toy to work on body parts….asking your little one to locate various body parts…..or you name the body parts during play.   I am sure to use the strategies of self talk and parallel talk (filed under the TEACH ME TO TALK PAGE above) in order to enhance language development.  Remember when playing with your little one…you can encourage language development by using self talk and parallel talk.

 

Be sure to……have fun with your little one by making mistakes and being the “silly mama” (this is also a strategy I use during therapy…..and you will find this strategy under the TEACH ME TO TALK PAGE).  When you are the silly mama….you make mistakes during play to see if your child will either verbally or non-verbally tell you that you made a mistake.  What does that mean…..try putting Mr. Potato Head’s shoes on his head….does your child verbally correct you by saying NO…..or does she non-verbally tell you by putting the shoes under Mr. Potato Head.

I also like this toy when working on spatial concepts such as: on, above, under, on the side, next two, between.  You can also address color concepts when working/playing with Mr. Potato Head.   Mr. Potato Head is helpful when working on concepts such as: you need your eyes to see, your nose to smell, and your ears to hear

Be sure to look under categories….for speech at home….here you will see some examples of what a typical speech and language therapy session looks like.

And remember to have fun with your little one or big one!

Kim

 

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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