Playing With Purpose


Did you know that you have one of the keys to helping your child’s speech develop already in your home? That’s right! The toys your child has, hold the potential to help their speech and language skills grow and develop.

Through years of doing speech therapy with children, prior to working with an SLP, most parents thought speech and language development was a daunting and expensive task. This myth is why Playing With Purpose was born.

Through the Playing With Purpose work, Emily helps show parents and caregivers how they can take playtime and make it not only fun but beneficial.

She helps show parents simple, small tweaks that they can integrate into their everyday play with the toys that their children already love and enjoy.

The magic of Playing With Purpose is that we show you how to make small changes in the vocabulary you use and give you easy to implement strategies that help boost speech and language skills.

Playing With Purpose is a wonderful approach to follow for anyone who interacts or works with children on a daily basis. It’s designed for caregivers, teachers, speech-language pathologists, and parents that want to help children grow an improve their communication and play skills.

At Tandem Speech Therapy, we developed our signature Playing With Purpose blog series to help you find the magic in daily play.

Due to the popularity of the Playing With Purpose blog, we developed it into an easy to read book that you can have on hand in your home or office.

In addition to the book, and due to popular demand, we also launched our Playing With Purpose Coaching where Emily will provide you with your own, unique Playing With Purpose plan so that you can get the most speech and language development out of play time.

Lastly, because there is nothing that Emily loves more than working in ‘TANDEM’ with children to help their language skills improve, she offers comprehensive 1-1 therapy. Learn more about the speech therapy services Tandem Speech Therapy offers.

Playing with Purpose Blog Series

In my Playing With Purpose blog series, I explore how to convert play and everyday routines into activities that are both fun and beneficial for children. Play can create moments of learning for your child and moments of connection together.  With little tweaks to your interaction and the everyday routines you are already engaging in, you can increase opportunities for speech and language development in your child. The best part is it’s not a lot of extra work! As part of Playing With Purpose, I give you specific strategies to increase opportunities for speech and language development.

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Playing with Purpose Coaching

We are happy also to offer Playing With Purpose coaching in your home, on a phone call, or via video conferencing. During these sessions, I will provide focused instruction in Hanen and research-based speech therapy strategies for speech and language development. We will discuss the toys your child enjoys playing with and implement specific methods for increasing speech and language during play. I can also provide suggestions for toys and environmental shifts that may promote more learning in your home. Playing With Purpose coaching sessions are 1 hour in length. Contact us to schedule your first session today.

Some of our favorite and most popular Playing with Purpose Blog Posts

Playing With Purpose: Sidewalk Chalk

  It's summer which means plenty of opportunities to take your speech therapy session or your kids outside for Playing With Purpose. Now here in Texas, we've got temperatures rising above 100 degrees but some days my clients and I need a change of pace. So this...

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Playing With Purpose: Everyday Items

  When I started this series, Playing With Purpose, my goal was to help parents, caregivers, educators, fellow SLPs, etc. make simple tweaks to their play interactions with children to expand speech and language skills. I have written about some of my favorite...

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Playing With Purpose: Water Play

  Spring has sprung here in Austin, TX which means many opportunities to play and explore outside with my clients. A favorite activity of ours is water play. I love water play for its simplicity, the ease of getting started, and the fact that it's very engaging...

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Get Started Playing With Purpose

  In January, I wrote a guest post for my colleague Jill of Honest OT in Denver, CO. I shared some quick tips to get you started Playing With Purpose. Today, I am sharing those tips plus a bonus Hanen strategy so you can engage in more purposeful play with your...

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Playing With Purpose: Farm Set

Moo. Baa. Oink. Quack. Imagine a well-loved farm set on the floor in front of your child. If you do not already have a farm set in your home or therapy toolkit, then I highly recommend getting one. My number one tip when adding a farm to your toy repertoire is to find...

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PWP Using a Ball

You can use anything around you to stimulate and boost a child's speech and language skills. Sometimes the simplest, like a ball, is the most beloved. That is the basis for Playing With Purpose. I help you look at what you have and explore how you can adapt it or...

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Playing With Purpose: Yoga

Earlier this week, I was on a walk with my dog through a nearby park which is also part of a school playground. It was the afternoon, and the kids were playing outside as part of their after-school program. I immediately noticed a small group of children and their...

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PWP: Family Meal Time

You may be a bit confused looking at the title of this post. I can imagine you're thinking, "I do not want my children playing while we are engaged in family meal time." At a young age, it is vital for our young ones to have time to play with their food,...

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Playing With Purpose: Winter Break

  I was over on the Parenters blog, recently, sharing tips for play during the upcoming school winter break and holidays. We are quickly approaching the time of year that children love. Along with the holidays comes winter break. While a great time for family...

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Start Playing With Purpose

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