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Best Board Books to Boost Language

Reading is essential for all children. That is why books are the only item I ever buy as a gift for a young child or when a friend or family member has a baby. Children can build early literacy skills that directly correlate with later academic success when reading books. Books that have simple sentences, a simple storyline, and include rhyme, rhythm, and repetition are the best, particularly for our little ones. And finally, book reading is a beautiful, shared activity to build a connection with your child.

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Playing With Purpose: Stacking Cups

This week, I chose an activity for our younger kids–stacking cups. On average, stacking cups are appropriate for children 6 months and older. They are a great toy to introduce to your baby when he can sit up on the floor. And you can continue to play with the cups as he grows.

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Why you should “Wait”

Waiting is an incredibly powerful tool. When you wait, you give your child a chance to either initiate an interaction or respond to something you have said.

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Favorite Parent Resources

I have been a speech-language pathologist for almost ten years, and before that, I was a special education teacher. So much of this intentionality during play and familiar routines comes as second nature, but I know that is not the case for many parents and caregivers. This is normal; there is a lot on your plate. Let me ease the challenge by offering my list of favorite parent resources for building speech and language skills in your child.

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Playing With Purpose: Magna-tiles

I love magna-tiles because they are designed to hold a child’s interest and attention, build critical developmental skills and promote imaginative play and creativity. All the makings of a great Playing With Purpose activity!

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All About Equine Therapy

This week I am excited to welcome Kate G. Naylor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Certified Clinician and Equine Professional in Trauma-Focused Equine, Assisted Psychotherapy, as a guest blogger for Tandem Speech Therapy. Kate conducts...

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Holiday Gift Guide

*This post was originally published on November 16, 2017* As a pediatric speech therapist, parents often ask me for recommendations on toys and gifts that help expand speech and language development for young children. The upcoming holiday season is a great time to...

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Thankful (A Book Preview)

It's been quite a while since my last blog post, but with good reason. If you have not already heard, I published a book! Like my popular blog series, the book is called Playing With Purpose. This book is the perfect resource for fellow SLPs, parents/caregivers,...

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Meet Emily

 

Emily Cohen, MA, CCC-SLP pediatric speech therapy Austin

Emily Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP is the founder of the Tandem Speech Therapy, a pediatric speech therapy practice serving the south and central Austin areas.

 

Meet Emily

Emily Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP is the founder of the Tandem Speech Therapy, an in-home pediatric speech therapy practice serving the south and central Austin areas.

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