Play to learn. Play to talk. Play to succeed.

As a speech and language therapist I am passionate about early language development and how to provide enriching experiences that foster children’s language skills. Early language development is important for your child as early experiences and language skills will affect later performance in school (literacy, social communication, and problem solving). During play as preschoolers, children progress in their ability to tell stories, share feelings, communicate with friends, and problem solve. As speech and language therapists we can educate parents and teachers on how to best utilize toys and early play to enhance language development.

Here are some printable worksheets on specific play topics, which outline how to use these toys to encourage language development.

Dolls, Action Figures and Stuffed Animals

Mr and Mrs Potato Head

Play-Dough

Puzzles

Reading Books

Vehicles

Happy playing!

Rosie