Going on a Stick Hunt {Inspired by Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man}

Welcome to the October installment of the Virtual Book Club for Kids! This month, our spotlight author is Julia Donaldson and I am super excited about our book of the month and our language building activity to go along! A Little About Stick Man Stick Man lives in his home with his family when one day he gets carried off by a dog who thinks he makes a great fetching toy ....more

12 Fall Books to Support Speech & Language Development Young Children

Today marks the first day of my favorite season: FALL. That means that it’s time to break out the FALL THEMED BOOKs which are FANTASTIC for speech & language learning. Today, I’d love to share 12 FALL books that can help support speech & language development in young children ....more

How to Choose Great Children’s Books to Support Speech & Language Development {Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers}

We know from the plethora of research out there that READING to our children is one of the best things we can do to help develop their language. Read, read, READ! But…are all books created equal? ...more

Stick People Story Telling

I’m happy to bring you a guest post from a great Occupational Therapist, Cindy, who blogs at Your Kids OT. Today, she is going to share an adorable & simple...more

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: Puppets, Crafts & Storytelling {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

Welcome to the first installment of the Virtual Book Club for Kids 2014-2015! I am SO EXCITED to bring you all some great SIMPLE book extension activities that can be used to build speech & language skills in young children. This month, our spotlight Author is one of my favorites: Mo Willems ....more

Use Books to Build Language with our Virtual Book Club for Kids 2014-2015

Hands down, one of the best things you can do for your child’s language development aside from talking to your children often is to READ. Read often. Read, read, READ! ...more


I need to begin this post by thanking you all SO much for all the emails I received in response to my last post several weeks ago. I shared that our family experienced a great loss in June and the outpouring of love, prayers and general well wishes I received in my in box the weeks after have been so appreciated. I don’t even have words to express how thankful I am for all of you ....more

Life is Hard, Beautiful, and Painful

Sometimes, life is hard. Sometimes, it is beautiful. Sometimes, it is painful ....more

Toddler’s Speech & Language Development: What to Expect

I get a lot of questions about toddler speech & language development to my email inbox each week. Concerned parents are wondering: What’s “normal?” There is a VERY WIDE range of “normal” or “typical” when it comes to the development of speech & language in the toddler years (which I refer to as approx 18 months to 3 years). Here are some GENERAL guidelines based on the research on “typical” speech & language development in toddlers....more

Favorite Summer Toy for Early Speech & Language Development: The Water Table {Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!}

I am THRILLED to be partnering up with some fantastic therapy bloggers this week to bring you valuable recommendations and information AND provide you a chance to WIN a gift card to Amazon so you can purchase a new summer toy for the child(ren) in YOUR life! Here’s how it works: Each of the participating bloggers, who are physical therapists, occupational therapists or speech-language pathologists, will be sharing the developmental benefits of...more