There’s nothing like a little retail therapy for speech therapy, am I right? Especially if you scored as much as I did for as little as I did! Tonight was the presale for the LA Kids Consignment Sale; I went after work, hair tied back, IKEA bags in hand, and meticulously perused a hot steamy warehouse for a little under two hours, and managed to emerge victorious with some really great buys at amazing prices! Bear with me, it’s a longer post than usual as I break down each of my toys and how I would use them. Continue reading “Consignment Sale Haul – 36 Items!”
Howdy y’all! We’re halfway through the week! Today I’d like to introduce a series I call “What Do I Do When-sdays”, (get it?!) where I’ll take a challenge that I, or a parent or colleague, face sometimes during therapy/play, and I’ll share a solution or workaround to that issue. This week’s “What Do I Do” moment arose when I found a couple of my kiddos had goals such as: “Sally will identify pictures when named, in 8/10 opportunities”, or “Thomas will point to four action words in pictures”. When the time came for us to bring out our picture books, flashcards, or anything that wasn’t a super fun action-packed toy, they went running for the hills. What do you do when kids just aren’t interested in pictures? Continue reading “What Do I Do When: Pictures Are BORING”
Hi guys, happy Friday!
Today’s topic came about when a parent saw me using Play-doh with their child. “That’s such a great idea,” she said, “I never know what to do with the dough when we play together.” I almost jumped out of my seat in surprise, then excitedly began explaining to her just how powerful this soft, squishy, toy could be. Continue reading “The Power of Play-Dough”
Hi everyone, it’s Thrifty Thursday! This week I’ll be sharing with you one of my favorite places to score some really great deals on toys that I use for therapy. As a traveling SLPA, having a well stocked car full of different types of toys is essential. When I first began doing in-home therapy, I was a little overwhelmed about having to build my toy collection from scratch. After doing my research online, browsing the aisles at Target and Toys R Us, and taking note of all the toys that I wanted, I soon realized that buying everything all at once was going to do some serious damage to my wallet, fast! Luckily my mom, who is one of the most thrifty people I know, came to the rescue! Her solution? Continue reading “Thrifty Thursdays: Consignment Sales!”
“…to live my life as a human being, nothing is more important than being able to express myself.”
– Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump
Hello friends! I hope you all had a great summer. It’s Tech Tuesday, so today I’m going to be talking about an app that has been such a hit with my toddlers lately. It’s no wonder it’s been ranked in the Top 10 Educational games worldwide; this app can do so much! Continue reading “Fantastic Apps: Feed the Animals & More”
Greetings friends, I hope you all had a nice 3-day weekend!
Today’s topic is about behaviors in toddlers that make us think twice and ask, “Is that normal?” I know that when working with kiddos with any kind of early diagnosis, possible behavioral issues, or even a speech delay where we just don’t know the cause of it; professionals and parents alike tend to be hyper-aware and super observant of those actions, cross-checking it with symptoms of all of the syndromes or disorders we’ve learned about in school, read about, or have seen in other toddlers. Continue reading “When “Weird” Is Normal”
Hey everyone! I’m happy to be back from my short break, and excited to share with you some of the “Early Intervention Essentials” I use to make my life traveling in-between client’s homes a little easier. If you haven’t already, take advantage of the 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, and enjoy FREE 2-day shipping on these items below! Continue reading “The Traveling SLPA Starter Pack”