Playing With Purpose Book


Now the popular Playing With Purpose blog series is available in an easy-to-read book!

If you are a family or educator with a toddler or young child then you have come to the right place. This book will teach you how to convert play and everyday routines into activities that are both fun AND beneficial for a child’s speech and language development.

With little tweaks to your interactions and the everyday routines you are already engaging in, you can increase opportunities for learning and growth for your child. This best part is it’s not a lot of extra work.

In the Playing With Purpose book you will learn:

  • The basics of language development
  • Why play is important for a child’s growth in the early years
  • How children learn during play and familiar routines
  • Tips for boosting speech and language skills during play
  • Tips for boosting speech and language skills in everyday activities
It’s hard enough being a (working) mom these days– so many expectations for our children and ourselves. What’s great about Playing with Purpose is that it concretely shows you how to incorporate language learning into our everyday routines, from grocery shopping to eating and even exercise! This beautifully crafted eBook won’t overwhelm you, but empower you to help guide your child… bonus, without breaking the bank.
Hilary Levey Friedman, PhD

Mom of 2 boys age 4 and 6, Department of Education at Brown University

As a speech therapy practice specializing in early intervention, we field concerns about “late talking” on a daily basis.  Parents feel confused and don’t know where to turn for good information and ideas to help their child.  This book is highly recommended for any parent looking for ideas to help their child develop speech and language skills. Playing With Purpose clearly explains language development and provides easy-to-implement strategies to turn your daily routines into opportunities for learning and growth.  Helping your child can be as easy as getting down on the floor and watching the wonder in their eyes as they play and explore.  It doesn’t have to be a struggle!  Make learning language fun with these simple tricks and activities that they are sure to love.
Laura Brown, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist and Mom, Mommy & Me Milestones

Meet the Author

Emily Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP is the founder of the Tandem Speech Therapy, a pediatric speech therapy practice in Austin, TX. She specializes in working with young children and their families by teaching caregivers strategies for language stimulation through play and everyday routines.

As Helen Hayes famously said, “The expert at anything was once a beginner.” Before Tandem Speech Therapy’s Emily Cohen opened her own practice in 2017, she worked for more than ten years in pediatric clinics in Michigan and Austin. It was Emily’s cousin (an occupational therapist by trade) who first inspired her to become a speech-language pathologist.

While an undergraduate at Indiana University—Bloomington, Emily studied special education. Upon graduating, she worked in the public schools for a few years before returning for a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Although Emily enjoyed teaching, her favorite part of her job was forming meaningful relationships with kids and their families. She knew she could help even more families as a speech-language pathologist.  Her previous work with kids with special needs continues to inform her pediatric speech therapy practice.

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Did you know we offer “Playing with Purpose” coaching?

Playing With Purpose coaching is available at our office in south Austin, 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.

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!