Best puzzles for kids…..


This is just a quick post tonight…but wanted to post about another favorite puzzle I use with the little ones who I am seeing for therapy…and of course the above puzzle is from Melissa and Doug.  I love all of their products…and find them very helpful in getting a little one’s attention during the therapy session…maintaining their attention…and in really enjoying the activity. 

When working on expressive language development…I find working on the animal sounds is a great place to start…many of the sounds are easy to produce…for example Mooo…is very easy to try to elicit…especially because M is a bilabial sound (made with your two lips)…and during production your little one can feel the vibration on your lips..this tactile information is very helpful because it provides additional information…so your little one not only hears the sound…she can feel it too!  Great!

I plan to post more about Melissa and Doug products…there are so many of them…and I find all of them very helpful during therapy.

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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