Best Uses: A perennial favorite of parents, speech-language pathologists, and early interventionists, offers a plan for encouraging communication development through play and with 65 toys and toy dialogs it can show parent how to play purposefully.
The new edition presents sixty-five new toys and accompanying toy dialogs to use with children with a wide range of special needs from birth through age six. These sample toy dialogs show parents how to play purposefully with their child–using store-bought and homemade toys–to provide language learning opportunities and stimulate language development. The exercises are fun and educational, too, as parents help their child build receptive language skills (understanding), expressive language skills (communicating), and speech.
THE NEW LANGUAGE OF TOYS is organized by language developmental ages and each section includes:
toy dialogs; numerous photographs; a toy list; a list of suggested vocabulary and communication concepts; children’s book bibliography; a checklist to track progress.
In addition, this book provides important background information about language, its sequential development, the causes of language delays, and how play can enhance language development. It also explains the use of videos, DVDs, television, and the computer as language enhancers. The resource lists are extensive, offering toy manufacturers and catalogs, support organizations, children’s book information, and suggested materials for homemade toys.
With THE NEW LANGUAGE OF TOYS, parents can help their children make gains in their language development and have an enjoyable and rewarding experience while doing it. It’s also a great tool for collaboration between parents and professionals.
Also by Sue Schwartz:
Choices in Deafness A Parents’ Guide to Communication Options