Our Top 5 Toy Recommendations for Every Stage

Here are some of our favorites we love to use as therapists, but also as moms with our own children at home!

Pretend Play

These toys allow children’s imagination to run wild while expanding their vocabulary! Sequencing, turn-taking, answering and asking questions are just a few of the skills that are easily targeted within these play activities. Also a great time to work on requesting and increasing sentence length through modeling.

Our Top Toys for "Late Talkers"

These toys encourage so much language and are a fun way to increase our children’s motivation to speak. They are our “favorites” that we use in therapy to work on requesting with single words or signs (“more”, “want”, “go”, “open”, “help”), open-ended phrases (“ready, set ___”), labeling basic vocabulary (farm animals, common objects), and developing early concepts (“on”, “in”, “top”).

Board Games to Boost Language Skills with our Middle School Friends

We love to use board games to “Play with A Purpose”. The language benefits are endless! Not only are they fun and competitive, but they foster creativity, improve visual-spatial skills, promote problem solving, work on self-regulation, following directions and more! Here are a few of our favorites!

Best Games to Support Dyslexia Skills

Dyslexia. It is a word we hear often from parents. We know it can be scary so we are to help! Games can be a great way to support dyslexic strengths...big picture thinking, strategy, problem solving and interpersonal skills! Additionally, board games offer multi-sensory learning for our kiddos with Dyslexia. Kinesthetic, visual, spatial and auditory learning all help support and grow skills.

Basic Concepts/Prepositions

Children learn so much about the world around them through play, whether it’s board games or pretend play activities! “Basic concepts” is a broad term meaning anything from answering yes and no questions to prepositions and descriptions of objects. These areas can be enhanced through a variety of interactive activities that children will enjoy! Afterall, “play is the work of childhood!” - Mr. Rogers

Musical Instruments

Using a play music mat allows children to associate sounds with their deliberate movements. That cause effect skill is building! The toddlers love to make the sounds themselves with their own creative hands! Our older kiddos are copying musical patterns and following multistep directions. Music helps the surprise factor and makes counting and concepts like (stop/go, on/off, loud/quiet) and verbs like shake, rattle, and bang come to life!

Fine Motor Favorites

Our top toys below work on strengthening visual motor skills and also fine motor strength and coordination, all while having a blast!

Gross Motor Favorites

These are some of our favorite toys to target balance, strength, coordination and/or proprioception in therapy. This can be while squatting down to pick up blocks, riding a tricycle, completing an obstacle course, rolling balls, kicking down bowling pins, etc. The sky is the limit at home with increasing your child’s motor skills! These favorites will help get you started.

Tools for Oral Motor

These items are the perfect thing to have on hand if you need to strengthen oral motor muscles or increase oral motor awareness. Why might you need them? These tools help us decrease drooling, get appropriate lip closure or lip rounding, chew tougher foods, decrease pocketing of food, increase sensation around the lips/mouth, etc.., We always recommend these items to our parents or incorporate them into our therapy sessions if needed! Please reach out with specific questions!