I was reading a post on Facebook today from one of my trade journals and it asked "Can Legos be used in treatment. If so, how?" My first thought was "seriously? They really want to know this? Doesn't everybody use these? Isn't it obvious how you'd use them? I, of course, shared my ideas because let's face it....it's hard for a speech therapist NOT to talk or answer someone when they ask a question. :) Anyway, after I answered I got to thinking that my husband is probably right when he says "Jen most people REALLY DON'T walk around thinking ALL those things, all of the time, about toys and food etc..." Always nice when your husband looks at you and uses a tone of voice that makes you feel "odd." Thanks, honey.
It got me to thinking though that parents, teachers, other therapists might benefit from a "list" of commonly used objects/toys and how to use them to improve your child's speech and language skills. Parents ARE the best teachers after all! My thoughts continued though...because maybe my husband is right....maybe I am ODD! I thought it would be fun if I devoted a blog post (once or twice a month) where I, or another therapist from my staff, would give you as many ideas as we could for an item or items that someone suggested. For example, we will post a status update on Facebook or Tweet on Twitter asking for suggestions of toys or objects....we'll pick one and then try to come up with as many different ideas as we can on how to use that particular item for working on speech and language skills.
Sound fun? Well, it does to me. It sounds challenging too but I'm up for it I think. Mostly though I think it sounds like a GREAT way to help parents help their children and that is one of my most favortist (no typo just one of my favorite "mistakes" from one of my kiddos) things to do!
Give me some feedback please....