Play Smart! and Speech Therapy



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Play Smart! empowers parents with the tools needed to stimulate learning and development.  Parents are provided with activities and strategies that are easy to read, understand and use.  The activities will enhance your child’s cognition, play skills, social skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, expressive language and receptive language skills.  Most importantly, Play Smart! provides parents with activities that can be done within the home environment or out in the community without having to buy anything!  Imagine being able to improve your child’s overall development without having to purchase expensive materials.  Parents often think that they need to buy expensive educational materials in order to help facilitate learning and development, when  we have the tools within our homes.  As working mothers, the authors of Play Smart!  know that making time to work with your child on their development may be difficult to fit in to a busy schedule.  Play Smart! provides you with activities that can be done in an unstructured way during day to day interactions with your child.  You will be amazed how you learn to incorporate the strategies and activities into your daily routines with your child.  Once you are exposed to the tools you need to stimulate learning and development, you will become a natural at utilizing the Play Smart! activities. 

Play Smart! was written collectively by speech and language pathologists, special educators, occupational therapists, teachers of the speech and hearing handicapped, and elementary educators.  After many years of working with young children and parents, the authors, in a collaborative effort, came up with the idea Play Smart!   The authors know that it is not a matter of what toy you buy, what book you read, or how many craft activities you have for your child. What really matters is how you utilize what you have. 

What’s inside Play Smart! ?

Our book provides 150 activities for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children.  Each activity tells you how and why the play activity is important for your child.  You will be amazed at how simple it is to stimulate and enrich your child’s overall development with everyday routine activities. Simple activities such as “peek-a-boo” and blowing bubbles can be done in a more enriching way.  Bathtime and cooking in the kitchen are perfect opportunities to enhance growth and development in your child.  Play Smart! will teach you how to play and why you are playing.  Play Smart! teaches parents to play with a purpose.  The knowledge and experience the authors have attained over the past years has allowed them to develop this much needed helpful and creative book. Their hope is that they provide you with all of the tools that will allow you to PLAY and learn with your child without the need to purchase any materials, books, or toys while enhancing their overall development. Play Smart! teaches parents how to play with a purpose.

Added Features:

The authors provide you with contact information so that you can email the Play Smart team with questions.  If you have questions regarding the empowering activities included in Play Smart! you can email the Play Smart team.  If you have questions regarding your typically developing child, email the Play Smart team.  If you have questions regarding your special needs child, email the Play Smart team.  The Play Smart team can also answer specific questions related to speech and language development, fine motor development, cognition, play skills and adaptive skills.  The Play Smart team can answer your specific questions related to therapy, goals, and the most effective types of intervention.  The Play Smart team wants to empower you.


Best regards,

The Play Smart Team! LLC

Kim, Melissa, Alyson, & Jen

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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