The Diego rescue center is a great speech therapy toy to work on expanding expressive and receptive language development. Use the strategies of self talk and parallel talk filed under the teach me to talk page to enhance overall language skills.
When working with your little one…rather than asking too many questions…use your language to talk about what you are doing during play….and use your language to talk about and describe what your little one is doing. This toy is also perfect for working on spatial concepts such as: over, next to, under, below, behind, in front……….remember during play….if your child is able to see what in front of means….because you are putting Diego in front of Dora…..this will better help her to understand language….WHY….because when you tie your actions with your words you are helping your little one to understand the words.
Location words such as: next to, in the middle, in front of…..can be very abstract for little one’s to understand….so be sure during play to tie your words and action together.
Remember the strategies of self talk and parallel talk can be used with almost any play activity.