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My Favourite Hack to use with Inset Puzzles in Early Intervention

I love using inset puzzles in my Early Intervention sessions. They’re perfect for little hands, and you can encourage so much language with them!  In this post I’m sharing all about the little “hack” I always use that never fails to encourage even more language when I use inset puzzles in my Early Intervention sessions. […]

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Using Popper Sensory Toys to Encourage Early Language

As soon as I saw these popper sensory toys I knew they’d be great for encouraging early language.  Tbh, I’m not sure what is it about these popper sensory toys but they are all the rage lately- they seem to be everywhere! I bought a few for my son, and he loves them too. Since

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How (and Why!) to Encourage Playfulness in Daily Routines

As Early Intervention therapists, we know there are huge benefits to coaching parents and caregivers to use language facilitation strategies during daily routines. But we also know that children learn through play too. So I like to encourage playfulness during daily routines, as a way to maximise on the benefits of both! Benefits of coaching

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7 Adorable Books for Early Verbs

Books are a great way to target early language, especially early verbs, at home and in your Early Intervention sessions. You can target so many different goals with books. And you can coach parents and caregivers to use language facilitation strategies while reading books too.   Keep reading for the 7 books I think every EISLP

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5 Goals to Target Using a Teddy Bear in Speech Therapy

I love using teddy bears in my Speech Therapy sessions. I often find them to be really motivating for little ones!  When I was a toddler I had a teddy bear that came everywhere with me. I carried it under my arm, so all the stuffing moved to its head and legs, with nothing in

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6 of the Best Songs for Early Language Skills

As a Speech and Language Therapist that focuses on Early Intervention, I am often asked what are some of the best songs for developing early language skills.  Singing songs and rhymes with young children has so many benefits. And it is a great way to coach parents and caregivers to use language facilitation strategies with

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How to Make and Use “I Spy” Bottles in Speech Therapy

“I Spy” bottles are great to use in your Speech Therapy sessions, with children of all ages- from your little ones in Early Intervention and Preschool, to your older elementary aged kids.  An “I Spy” bottle is a bottle filled with rice and mini-objects and you can use it for a range of speech and

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An Evidence-Based Approach for Parent-Coaching- Parent-Coaching Mini-Series Part 4

This is Part 4 of the Parent-Coaching Mini-Series. In Part 3, I wrote about 6 characteristics of adult learning that we should incorporate in our parent-coaching sessions. Although it may sound complicated, there are various approaches/models you can use in your sessions that incorporate adult learning methods. In this post, I’m sharing an easy-to-understand evidence-based

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What do Adult Learning Methods have to do with Parent-Coaching?- Parent-Coaching Mini-Series Part 3

This is Part 3 of the Parent-Coaching in Early Intervention Mini-Series (reads Part 1 and Part 2 here).  This post is all about Adult Learning Methods and Parent-Coaching, and why they’re important. Parent-coaching is an evidence-based strategy/approach which is rooted in adult learning theory.  We know that coaching parents/caregivers to use strategies/skills at home with

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What is Parent-Coaching anyway?- Parent-Coaching Mini-Series Part 2

Parent-coaching is a well-established evidence-based approach that therapists use in Early Intervention therapy sessions with parents and caregivers. In part one of this Parent-Coaching mini-series, I talked about the importance of parent-coaching. In this post (part two) I want to explain what parent-coaching is, and how we can explain it to parents and caregivers. What

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