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Supporting a Child’s Independent Play Skills- Guest Blog Post

As Speech and Language Therapists working in Early Intervention, parents and caregivers often ask how they can support their child to engage in independent play at home. Today I’m sharing a guest blog post by Kerry from @the_play_planner and she’s sharing 7 tips for supporting and improving a child’s independent play skills. Independent play time …

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15 Food Themed Books to use in Speech Therapy

Books are a fantastic way to introduce and model vocabulary in your Speech Therapy sessions and at home. These 15 food themed books are a great addition to your food themed Speech Therapy sessions in early intervention and preschool. My favourite food themed books for Speech Therapy I’ve gathered together a list of my favourite …

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3 Engaging Boom Cards for Speech Therapy and EI

Boom CardsTM are great to use in both in-person and virtual Speech Therapy sessions with children of all ages. In this blog post you’ll learn about 3 engaging Boom Cards you can use in your Speech and Language Therapy sessions today! What are Boom CardsTM? Boom Cards™ are digital task cards/activities/games that you play on …

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A Simple Guide to Toy Rotation for SLPs and Parents

Toy rotation has a huge range of benefits for young children, and is a great system to help manage clutter and improve play skills both at home and in your Speech Therapy room. I’ve shared this simple guide about toy rotation for SLPs and parents to help you get started today. What is Toy Rotation? …

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4 Engaging Ways to use the Counting Surprise Party toy by Learning Resources to Support Language Skills

This Counting Surprise Party toy by Learning Resources is hugely popular with little ones and is a great addition to your therapy sessions. So I wanted to share 4 engaging ways you can use these Counting Surprise Party presents in your therapy sessions to support early language skills. Note- This post is not sponsored by …

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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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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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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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5 Brilliant Alternatives to Common Toys for Early Intervention

Have you ever worked with a family that doesn’t have many common toys at home? Well, rather than taking toys or having families feel like they need to buy them, try these brilliant alternatives to common toys; they’re perfect for your early intervention sessions. The problem with taking toys We know that coaching parents/caregivers to …

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