Monthly Archives: December 2017


What are MANDS and Why Do We Need to Teach Them?


  As a parent, has your little bundle of joy ever screamed at the top of their lungs?  Have you ever rushed around trying to give them different things, but had no real idea what they really wanted?  TEACH MANDS!  Have you ever given your kid your phone because the second that you took it away to look up the next ingredient for dinner, your kid started screaming in the middle of the store?  TEACH MANDS!  Have you ever just given your kid things to keep them happy instead of making them ask for them first?  TEACH MANDS! Mands are just requests.  It really is that simple.  You request to leave uncomfortable situations, you request to have more time with something you are enjoying, you request your favorite type of coffee when you go to the coffee shop, you can request information, and so on.  You do these things without any thought, but some of our kids have not made the connection that if they ask for things appropriately, then they can get access to them.  Many kids throw tantrums instead of asking for more time to enjoy those activities, and many parents give back those items instead of using […]

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Toys & Games To Help Build Speech & Language Skills


Shopping List Ideas – Toys & Games to Help Build Speech & Language Skills  It’s that time of year!  One thing I am often asked by parents is suggestions for toys or activities they might be able to gift their children for the holidays which could help with building speech and language skills.  Below you will find some of my favorites: Stacking Sets These are toys that may seem simple but can be great to start to work on early problem solving skills, colors, shapes, spatial concepts (on top, underneath, next to, etc.), quantitative concepts (more, most, least, less), and qualitative concepts (biggest, smallest, etc.).  With endless possibilities of putting them together, it’s a toy that could provide hours of fun! Mr. Potato Head This is a toy that has been in my toy bag since I first became an SLP.  This toy allows children to start to recognize body parts (“Find Mr. Potato Head’s eyes, now find your eyes.”), colors, and shapes.  Also, it can help with learning prepositions (“Put the nose ON Mr. Potato Head,” “Put the shoes IN Mr. Potato Head’s back.”) Don’t be surprised if your child starts to verbally label items and narrate the adventures […]

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