Play is something that requires deep engagement with ourselves, with each other, and our environment. When we think of the word “play” we usually assign it to the realm of childhood. But to my thinking, play is for everyone, all age groups, all abilities. It is my goal, as a speech-language pathologist specializing in communication … Continue reading Welcome
The human body uses five senses -- taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell -- to send information to the brain, where it is then processed and acted upon. For some children, they have either too much information coming in or too little. This can be overwhelming and/or confusing for the child, causing them to respond … Continue reading October is Sensory Processing Awareness Month
Play can teach you a lot about your child's developmental level. By carefully watching their play behavior, you may see red flags that could indicate autism spectrum disorders. If you suspect your child is displaying red-flag behavior, be sure to discuss this with your pediatrician, who will be able to guide you to specialists who … Continue reading Red Flags to Watch for in Preschoolers
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PLAY When the things we do are engaging and fun, we learn from these experiences. As such, play is my primary focus, especially for young children. Ideally, I think all of us should have fun learning and growing. When I think of what I am passionate about, I am playful in the way I grow … Continue reading PLAY. COMMUNICATE. CONNECT.
Twenty some odd years ago, I had a student with autism (“Daniel”) who was developing academic skills, speaking in full sentences, but who had great difficulty playing with or connecting to other children at home or in class. Right around that time, I had attended an autism workshop in Brooklyn where they talked about how … Continue reading Do you want to play with me?
As adults, we usually think of play as a “break from work” but in actual fact, it is part of everything we do. It’s just labeled differently. When we are told to collaborate or be part of a team, what are we, if not “playing together”? Or how about when we innovate? Is that not … Continue reading Play, it’s not just for kids