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Language Activities on the Play Mat

My role as a speech language pathologist requires me to find creative ways for children to work on their language milestones and have some fun too! It’s important to change up therapy so that it’s stimulating for my clients but also sensible for me. I find that many toys, games and products used in therapy also work for parents [...]

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Introducing Grapes to Toddlers

Grapes are a sweet treat with loads of health benefits for kids. But the parents I work with in feeding therapy are nervous about serving them because of fears of choking. Thus, kids are not provided with the opportunity to learn, explore and eat this powerful fruit. Here are some tips to ease fears and safely introduce grapes to [...]

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Rock Projects (cuz kindness rocks!)

Years ago I was introduced to the Rock Project by one of my feeding therapy clients. A sweet 6-year-old with cerebral palsy made me a rock painted with ‘xo’ (which is something I am known to write before I sign my name in cards, notes and emails to remind others that I love them). This gesture was extremely meaningful [...]

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Articulation Activities on the Play Mat

As a speech language pathologist I am always looking for fun and fresh interactive games to use with kids. But, I need those games to be practical for me, and that means keeping clutter to a minimum. I find that using products that serve multiple purposes not only works for therapy, it works for parents too! Here are a [...]

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Sensory Activities on the Play Mat

It’s time for some sensory play peeps! Not only do sensory activities encourage kids to explore new textures and materials, they can also help children develop new skills. Play-Doh, sensory bins, bubbles and water beads are just a few examples of activities that give kids the opportunity for sensory exploration. The key to making sensory [...]

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Unicorn Craft Ideas for All Ages

Unicorns are all the rage right now. These magical creatures can delight children of all ages, but it is important to select a craft that is appropriate for your child’s age. I divided my crafts into three categories: toddlers, school age and tweens/teens to make this fantasy adventure as developmentally appropriate as possible. Toddlers: I always find crafting with toddlers [...]

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Fourth of July + Summer Snacks

Looking for some last minute Fourth of July themed snacks that you can make with your kids? We’ve got you covered! Here are three snacks and a festive drink to help you get the party started.Patriotic Pizza: This fruit pizza has all the ingredients for a perfectly balanced snack. You can start with any cracker, but I like the [...]

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Feeding Tips for Children with Epilepsy

Babies, toddlers, school-age children, teens and adults can have epilepsy, which is a neurological disorder that causes seizures. It is estimated that 460,000 children aged 0 to 17 years are affected by epilepsy. But seizures occur most often in infants (before their first birthday) due to the rapid growth and increased activity of the brain. Thankfully, more than half of [...]

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Father's Day DIY Projects

Happy Father's Day! Looking for fun DIY gift ideas for your littles to give to Dad or Grandpa? We've got you covered!Happy Father's Day Card - Dad will love this homemade Father's Day card! Click here to print our coloring card, and get your little ones started with some markers or crayons. Dad will appreciate the cute card [...]

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Is there such a thing as a picky drinker?

It’s summertime and parents oftentimes worry about their kids staying hydrated. This is especially true for children who hesitate or refuse to drink water. Is there such a think as a picky drinker?We are all familiar with the term picky eater. Although it’s not my favorite term to describe a child who is struggling to eat, it is [...]

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