Thursday, November 21, 2013

All I Want for Christmas is...Toys

It should come as no surprise that I’m a tech girl. I believe that iPads and apps can be used to teach and reinforce all kinds of wonderful skills, but I still love some good old-fashioned toys! Toys are an integral part of my therapy tool box.  As parents begin to do Christmas shopping, they want ideas for fun and educational toys. I read a fabulous post written by an SLP  for the blog TWODALOO on the best toys for speech and language development. This list is spot on! When looking for educational toys, it’s important to think about items that will teach real functional vocabulary and not just rote skills.  I love the following guidelines she used when selecting the toys on her list.


Guidelines

So let’s get down to business. Each toy on my list was chosen based on the following guidelines:

  • Sturdy and well-made - eco-friendly is even better!

  • Relatively open-ended and versatile; you want toys that can be used in a variety of ways over time.

  • NO BATTERIES

  • Related to meaningful, familiar experiences for your child (i.e. everyday role play like feeding, bathing, dressing)

  • Encourages reciprocal social interaction (toys that are fun to play with a partner or group)


Check out the entire post here: BEST TOYS FOR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT.

We'd love to hear what gifts you plan to buy your little ones this year. 


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Sarah has been known to make deals with her children in exchange for their iTunes gift cards.  They are always at the top of her Christmas list.

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