Best toys for speech therapy


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.

Have fun!


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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