Playing With Purpose: Mrs. Potato Head

I got started with my Playing With Purpose series almost two years ago in June 2017 with Mrs. Potato Head’s companion Mr. Potato Head. The inspiration came from a friend, who I was often giving “advice” to—do X when you’re playing with...

Playing With Purpose: Stacking Cups

My passion lies in helping families during the early intervention years. Early childhood (i.e., birth to 3-years-old) is an incredible time for brain development. In fact, learning and development are most rapid during a child’s first years. And these early years set...

Playing With Purpose: Magna-tiles

There are a multitude of toys out there for building and creating. One new favorite of mine, and the kiddos I work with, is magnetic blocks or magna-tiles. These blocks have been around since the late-1990s and have seemed to gain popularity in the last 2-3 years as...

The Development of Play

To kick of blogging this year (2019), I figured a primer on the development of play was in order. How does play develop and evolve as kids get older? What does play look like at these different stages? Play is much more than fun for our children. Play is how they...

Playing With Purpose in the Snow

I grew up in Michigan, so I know what a snowy winter is like. However, the absence of snow in December in Austin is unremarkable. We are used to it, but that does not mean we are not thinking about snow. Whether the ground outside is blanketed by the freshly fallen...

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...

Playing with Purpose Book

Learn how to purposefully and intentionally interact with your child during play and help them increase opportunities for speech and language development!

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