Category: Play is Important

7 Strategies to Encourage Language Skills During Play

By: Liz McMahon, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist Talking with children is important for language growth and development.   How we talk to them is just as important as the words we say.  For young children and those with language delays, we

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Giant Shape Matching

by: Paige Troutman, OT Graduate Student Giant Shape Match Activity

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Sensory Slime

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A Few of Our Favorite Toys 2015

The holidays are here!  As pediatric therapists, we are often asked about toys.  We want toys that are fun, functional and work on a variety of developmental skills.  Here is a great checklist created by American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

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Playtime Connections: Scoop and Pour

Sometimes the simplest toys can be the best.  This week, several of my little friends have enjoyed playing with a little container of dry kidney beans, dump trucks and cars.  There are so many goals we can target with this

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5 Skills Targeted with Bean Bags

Bean bags are great toys for kids of all ages.  There are several different ways you can play with them to work on a variety of different skills.  Here are 5 different skills you can work on while playing with

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5 Ideas for Indoor Creative Play

By: Kalynn Smalley, MS, CF-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist Looking for ideas to keep your little ones entertained while the snow and ice keep you indoors? Allow your creative juices to flow with these 5 ideas for inventing play scenarios with everyday

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A Bright Family Table: 3 Ways to Make Food Fun!

By: Amy Foster, Developmental Specialist and Mother of 4 Not every meal with young children is going to be fun. In fact if there are any food allergies, food aversions or chewing, swallowing or nutritional issues – it can be a

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12 Ways to Play with Squigz

Squigz.  Have you heard of these great toys from Fat Brain Toys?  We bought some in December and they have been a HUGE hit at the Brightsong clinic with the children and the therapists.  These toys are made of silicone

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A Few of Our Favorite Toys!

We love toys.  We especially love toys that work on your child’s developmental skills.  This year, the therapy team from Brightsong went shopping at The Sensory Shop in Southaven, Mississippi.  They have some fabulous toys that are great for all

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