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Below are toys that we recommend and commonly use during our therapy sessions to promote speech and langage.

Stage Descriptions

Stage Description
Stage 1 Child makes little or no speech sounds.
Stage 2 Child is beginning to babble and make some sounds.
Stage 3 Child babbles and says up to 20 words.
Stage 4 Child babbles and says up to 50 words.
Stage 5 Child uses around 100 words and is beginning to use 2-word combinations.
Stage 6 Child uses around 300 words and is using 2-3 word combinations.
Stage 7 Child uses 500+ words and says 4+ word combinations.
Stage 8 Child communicates well using sentences. Child could benefit from activities that focus on listening comprehension and verbal expression.

Stage 1

Child makes little or no speech sounds.

Be sure to check out Parent Resources and Oral Motor Products too.

Baby's First Toys

Concepts: Oral motor coordination for speech and eating, sensory.
Our Suggestions: These play toys and teething rings come in great textures and colors.Initially your child’s eyes will be drawn to the bright colors and then eventually these toys with texture are great for little hands and mouths to explore! Play with these toys during tummy time, in the high chair while you are preparing a meal, and keep some in the diaper bag!
Baby Babble Video
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Baby Babble Video™

Concepts: Sounds, words, oral motor coordination, imitation, play skills, simple sign language.
Our Suggestions: Sit with your child as you watch this video. Encourage your child to imitate the video. Take turns with your child repeating the sounds and words. Watch repeatedly so that your child can predict which sounds and words are coming next.

Lamaze Clutch Tube

Concepts: Oral motor coordination, object permanence, sensory.
Our Suggestions: This toy is full of fun play activities for baby including peek-a-boo flaps, clinking rings and jingling chimes. This colorful soft cube rattle has fun textures to touch and chew. The bright colors and contrasting patterns stimulate baby's vision. Each handle is a different shape, texture and color.

Who Loves Baby? Photo Book

Concepts: Naming and recognizing family members
Our Suggestions: Put pictures of your child and various family members in this book. Ask your child to point to “Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Papa etc.” Ask your child to name who is on each page.

Play Gym

Concepts: Listening, Imitation, Sensory.
Our Suggestions: Helps to stimulate baby with a plush shaped star with lights. Press the center of the star and listen to classical music from Beethoven and Bach as you watch the lights dance to the music. The star can be removed and used on toy bars and cribs. Other toys include plush characters that crinkle, rattle and squeak, a soft book with animal pictures and a mirror for baby to see themselves.

Tiny Love Trio

Concepts: Oral motor coordination for eating and speech, fine motor coordination.
Our Suggestions: Baby will delight in grasping, teething, rattling, pulling and more with this trio of captivating toys. Great toys to hang on bar of car seat as well as stroller.

Whoozit Zig Zaggles

Concepts: Oral motor coordination, sensory.
Our Suggestions: Textured rings and teethers are attached to the toy's main body. It stimulates cause-and-effect play and gross motor development. Play with this during tummy time, in the high chair while you are preparing a meal, and take it along in the diaper bag!

Mirror

Concepts: Oral motor coordination, imitation.
Our Suggestions: Sit with your child in front of the mirror. Have your child try and imitate a variety of “funny faces” in the mirror. For example, give a kiss, smack your lips, stick your tongue out like a snake (pointy), try and touch your nose with your tongue, lick your lips, move your tongue from corner to corner of your mouth, click your tongue etc. All of these help with oral-motor control, strength and movement for eating and speech sound production.

Large Wooden Farm Jumbo Puzzle

Concepts: Animals, Animal Sounds, Choosing
Our Suggestions: Help your child match the puzzle piece to the spot. Encourage your child to look for certain puzzle pieces- ex. Find the cow or hold up two pieces and say ‘Pick the Cow”. Practice naming the animals and saying what the animal says.
Baby Babble Video

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Whistle Set
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Whistles

Concepts: Oral motor coordination.
Our Suggestions: Have your child blow a variety of whistles. These will help with oral-motor control, strength and movement as well as increasing breath support for eating and speech.

Bubbles

Concepts: Oral motor coordination, speech.
Our Suggestions: Blow bubbles, Have your child ask for “more”, “bubbles”, “more bubbles”, “mine”, “my turn” etc. If your child cannot say the entire word, accept an approximation such as “mo” for “more” or “ba” for “bubbles”. Have your child try and blow the bubbles.
Sign Language Cards
First Words
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Sign Language Cards: First Words

Concepts: Vocabulary.
Our Suggestions: Parents can use these cards to teach their child sign language so that they can communication before they talk verbally.
Sign Language Cards
Animals
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Sign Language Cards: Animals

Concepts: Vocabulary.
Our Suggestions: Parents can use these cards to teach their child sign language so that they can communication before they talk verbally.

Melissa and Doug Farm Fuzzy

Concepts: Animals, Animal Sounds, Adjectives (furry, soft, fuzzy etc.)
Our Suggestions: Practice saying the animals and what they say. Talk about how each piece feels as your child puts it in the spot.

Tiger Flashlight

Concepts: Oral motor coordination.
Our Suggestions: Have your child open mouth and say "ahhh". Allow your child to look in your mouth. Work on vocabulary such as tongue, teeth, lips, throat.
Sign Language Cards
Around the House
$10.99
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Sign Language Cards: House

Concepts: Vocabulary.
Our Suggestions: Parents can use these cards to teach their child sign language so that they can communication before they talk verbally.
Sign Language Cards
Family Life
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Sign Language Cards: Family Life

Concepts: Vocabulary.
Our Suggestions: Parents can use these cards to teach their child sign language so that they can communication before they talk verbally.

Stage 2

Child is beginning to babble and make some speech sounds.

Be sure to check out Sign Language and Flash Cards too.

Baby Farm Friends Bowling

Concepts: Animals, Animal sounds, Vocab (up, down, ball, roll, again)
Our Suggestions: Have all the animal pins in a bag. Have your child label each animal as you pull it out of the bag and say what the animal says. Have your child tell you to put the pins “up”. Have your child ask for the ball. Label when your child rolls the ball and the pins fall down. Encourage “again”.

Baby! Talk!

Concepts: First words and First Concepts.
Our Suggestions: A wonderful book for first words. Practice concepts like Uh-oh and Peek-a-boo in a way your child will love.


Sign Language Cards
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Baby Animals
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Baby Animals: Touch & Feel Cards

Concepts: Animal sounds, sensory.
Our Suggestions: Parents can use these cards to teach their child receptively and expressively how to identify the early vocabulary words pictured.

Mirror

Concepts: Oral motor coordination, imitation.
Our Suggestions: Sit with your child in front of the mirror. Have your child try and imitate a variety of “funny faces” in the mirror. For example, give a kiss, smack your lips, stick your tongue out like a snake (pointy), try and touch your nose with your tongue, lick your lips, move your tongue from corner to corner of your mouth, click your tongue etc. All of these help with oral-motor control, strength and movement for eating and speech sound production.

First Words Magnetic Book

Concepts: Vocabulary, fine motor coordination.
Our Suggestions: Label each picture as your child picks them up and puts it in the book. Encourage your child to say the names as well!

Baby's First Blocks

Concepts: Colors, shapes, sorting, fine motor coordination, cause/effect.
Our Suggestions: Label each color and/or shape as your child picks them up and puts it in the bucket. Encourage your child to put them in and then dump them out and do it all over again!

Peek A Blocks: Barn Yard Friends

Concepts: Animal names/sounds, sensory, fine motor coordination.
Our Suggestions: Label each animal and make the sound it says as your child picks up each block. Stack the blocks in a tower and knock it over and do it again!
Baby Babble Video
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Baby Babble Video™

Concepts: Sounds, words, oral motor coordination, imitation, play skills, simple sign language.
Our Suggestions: Sit with your child as you watch this video. Encourage your child to imitate the video. Take turns with your child repeating the sounds and words. Watch repeatedly so that your child can predict which sounds and words are coming next.

Fridge Magnetic Animal Sounds Set

Concepts: Animals/sounds recognition, fine motor coordination.
Our Suggestions: This toy goes on your refrigerator and the magic reader recognizes which animal was placed inside. Your child will hear the animal sound and then a song. Great toy for first words and if you are trying to make dinner!

Leap Start Learning Table

Concepts: Gross & Fine Motor Coordination, speech, colors, numbers, letters.
Our Suggestions: Label what your child is pressing on the table. As your child grows, see if they can label items before they press them.

Hug and Learn Baby Tad

Concepts: Speech, shapes, colors and fine motor coordination.
Our Suggestions: Label what your child is pressing on Tad (tadpole). As your child grows, see if they can label items before they press them.

Little Touch Leap Pad

Concepts: ABC's, language, words, shapes, colors, numbers.
Our Suggestions: For younger children, you will need to press the “Go” on each page and show your child how to press the various pictures for sounds. Talk about what you are seeing and hearing. See if your child can imitate some of the animal and environmental sounds as well as label the pictures on each page.

Corn Popper

Concepts: Gross motor coordination (walking), speech.
Our Suggestions: Fun toy to encourage children to try the “pop” sounds like the toy as they run around!

Microphone with Tape Player

Concepts: Babbling, imitating, singing, intonation and turn taking.
Our Suggestions: Make sounds and words into the microphone and hold it to your child's mouth and let them know if is their turn. Imitate the sounds and words your child says, too.

Learning Drum

Concepts: First sounds: "Ba, Da, Duh, Boom"; rhythm.
Our Suggestions: Children love to use the drum as they make sounds. This drum counts aloud and says the alphabet as your tap on it. Encourage your child to say different sounds as he/she beats the drum (ie. ba, duh, ta). This drum is a very motivational for children learning to babble and imitate sounds. Children who appear tentative to talk always seem to drop their inhibitions when we get the drum out during therapy.

 Time to Sing


Time To Sing  Music CD
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Time to Sing Music CD

Concepts: Music, phonation, verbalizations.
Our Suggestions: A great CD! The CD contains favorite songs played slowly so that children can sing along. Choose one simple word from each song and encourage your child to sing only that word each time it is heard throughout the song. Words that are repeated a lot are best. Gradually encourage your child to "add" more words.

Time to Sing 2


Time To Sing 2 Music CD
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Time to Sing 2 Music CD

Concepts: Music, phonation, verbalizations.
Our Suggestions: A great CD! The CD contains favorite songs played slowly so that children can sing along. Choose one simple word from each song and encourage your child to sing only that word each time it is heard throughout the song. Words that are repeated a lot are best. Gradually encourage your child to "add" more words.

Stage 3


Child babbles and says up to 20 words.

Be sure to check out Parent Resources and Sign Language too.

Lil' Movers Lead Vehicle – Bus

Concepts: Song “Wheels on the Bus”, Vocab (bus, yellow, go, on, off, slow, fast, open, shut)
Our Suggestions: Sing “Wheels on the Bus” while you and your child play with the bus. Put the people on the bus and then take them off. Label what the people and bus are doing.
Sign Language Cards
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First Words
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First Words: Touch & Feel Cards

Concepts: First words, sensory.
Our Suggestions: Parents can use these cards to teach their child receptively and expressively how to identify the early vocabulary words pictured.

Little People House

Concepts: Pretend play, following directions, speech
Our Suggestions: Pretend play is important for the process of language acquisition. It is not structured or goal-oriented and is fun. Parents can “show by example” on how to play. While your child is playing, label all the people “baby”, “mommy”, “daddy”. Talk about what they are doing ie.“Daddy is in bed” “Mommy is eating” “Baby is taking a bath.” Your child can learn to follow simple directions such as “Put baby in the bed.”

Little People Car Garage

Concepts: Pretend play, following directions, speech
Our Suggestions: Pretend play is important for the process of language acquisition. It is not structured or goal-oriented and is fun. Parents can “show by example” on how to play. Have your child imitate “car sounds” and the telephone ringing.Talk about what the car is doing i.e.“The car is going down”, “The car needs a wash”, “He is on the phone” , “Ready, Set, Go!” Your child can learn to follow simple directions such as “Push the car down the ramp.”
Baby Babble Video
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Baby Babble Video™

Concepts: Sounds, words, oral motor coordination, imitation, play skills, simple sign language.
Our Suggestions: Sit with your child as you watch this video. Encourage your child to imitate the video. Take turns with your child repeating the sounds and words. Watch repeatedly so that your child can predict which sounds and words are coming next.

Baby Doll

Concepts: First Words: "Baby, mmmmm, eat, drink, shhh (sleeping)"; Pretend play.
Our Suggestions: Pretend play is important for the process of language acquisition. It is not structured or goal-oriented and is fun. Parents can “show by example” on how to play. While playing with your child, encourage your child to “feed” the baby with a bottle or a spoon. Have your child put the baby to “sleep”. Pick up the baby as if it is “crying”.

Oreo Matchin' Middles

Concepts: First Words: "In, Out, Oh-oh, Boom"; Turn-taking.
Our Suggestions: There are a variety of ways to play from simply emptying the jar and putting the pieces back (attention span and turn-taking), to matching the shapes, or using it as a memory game. The game is very durable and lots of fun. Practice "my turn", "your turn" as well as naming the shapes.

Little People Animal Sounds Farm

Concepts: Animal sounds: "Baa, Moo, Peep, etc"; pretend play, following directions.
Our Suggestions: Pretend play is important for the process of language acquisition. It is not structured or goal-oriented and is fun. Parents can “show by example” on how to play. While playing with your child, encourage your child make animal sounds. Have your child pretend the sheep is grazing on grass or taking a nap.  This toy has fun music and animal sounds that encourage your child to talk along.  Your child can learn to follow directions as you tell him/her to "put the sheep next to the chicken", or "Give me the horse."

Stage 4

Child babbles and says up to 50 words.

Be sure to check out Language Books and Toys too.

Barnyard Bingo

Concepts: Animal names/sounds, turn-taking.
Our Suggestions: Play this game with your child. Talk about the different colors (red, yellow, blue, red), animals (cow, sheep, pig, chicken), and the sounds they make. This is a great first game to teach basic turn-taking skills. Encourage your child to say "my turn" and "open" and "in."


 

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Mr. Potato Head

Concepts: Receptive language, espressive language, body parts.
Our Suggestions: Ask your child to point to their body part while they put the part on the potato. You can also have your child name each body part as they put it on. Lay all of the body parts out and ask the child, "Can you find the ...?"


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Playdoh Set

Concepts: Vocabulary, colors, requesting wants, fine motor.
Our Suggestions: This one is a favorite! Children love this -- just make certain your child is not interested in eating the doh! Have your child request items, make choices, and much more. Even the most quiet children seem to become more vocal when the playdoh comes out!

Big Red Barn

Concepts: Animal names/sounds, vocabulary.
Our Suggestions: Encourage your child to repeat sounds and words. Praise “good talking”. ex. The horses stomped in the hay. The bats flew away.

Little People Zoo

Concepts: Speech, animal names/sounds, alphabet.
Our Suggestions: In the beginning, you will have to help your child place the animals on their letter, but children have fun pressing the animal down to hear the letter/sound it makes. See if your child can imitate the sounds. Later on, you can ask your child “What letter sound does lion start with?” or “What animal starts with a P?”
Baby Babble Video
DVD $19.99

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Baby Babble Video™

Concepts: Sounds, words, oral motor coordination, imitation, play skills, simple sign language.
Our Suggestions: Sit with your child as you watch this video. Encourage your child to imitate the video. Take turns with your child repeating the sounds and words. Watch repeatedly so that your child can predict which sounds and words are coming next.

Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter set

Concepts: Alphabet/letter recognition, fine motor coordination.
Our Suggestions: This toy goes on your refrigerator and the magic reader recognizes which letter was placed inside. Your child will hear the letter and then a song.This toy also plays the “alphabet song.” Great toy if you are trying to make dinner!

Basic Doodle Pro

Concepts: Fine Motor Coordination, turn taking, cause/effect, speech, letter/number recognition.
Our Suggestions: Kids can draw, practice writing letters and numbers, or play games on the screen and then just erase and start again. Take this toy in the car, airplane, doctor’s office etc.! Take turns drawing animals, household objects, numbers or letters. Label them or have your child label them. Show your child how to erase and then see if they can do it next time.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? & Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Concepts: Question structure, child prediction, simple rhyming, colors.
Our Suggestions: Read these books to your child and have your child answer the “What” questions. See if your child can ask you the questions. These are great stories for child prediction because of their sing-songy rhythm, repetition, and rhyming. To practice child prediction, have your child fill in the missing word: "Brown bear, brown bear, what do you ___?" Add simple gestures for the words "you, see, I, me" so that your child can participate even if they can't yet speak.



Stage 5

Child uses around 100 words and is beginning to use 2-word combinations.

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Sign Language Cards
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Colors and Shapes
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Colors and Shapes: Touch & Feel Cards

Concepts: Vocabulary, concepts, sensory.
Our Suggestions: Parents can use these cards to teach their child receptively and expressively how to identify the early vocabulary words pictured.

Baby Danced the Polka

Concepts: Child prediction, rhyming.
Our Suggestions: This books is one of our favorites! It is wonderful for child prediction because of its sing-songy rhythm, repetition, and rhyming. Read aloud with child a few times and then allow child to fill in the rhyming animal names ie. "It was naptime on the farm. The animals drifted off to sleep. The barn was filled with yawning cows. And pigs and goats and ____" (Sheep).

Spot’s Birthday Party

Concepts: Prepositions
Our Suggestions: Prepositions are words that indicate location. Try to stress prepositions in sentences to draw your child’s attention to them. Encourage your child to say the prepositions as they encounter them in the books. Praise “good talking.” In the following book, your child will have fun finding the alligator under the carpet and the bear behind the curtain.

Stage 6

Child uses around 300 words and is using 2-3 word combinations.

Be sure to check out Games and Flash Cards too.

Sign Language Cards
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Opposites
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Opposites: Touch & Feel Cards

Concepts: Vocabulary, concepts, sensory.
Our Suggestions: Parents can use these cards to teach their child receptively and expressively how to identify the early vocabulary words pictured.

Brain Quest

Concepts: Vocabulary, Recepive and Expressive language, concepts, Listening comprehension.
Our Suggestions: Keep this one in the car or by the diaper changer. Each time you have some extra time, ask your child a couple of these questions.

The Runaway Bunny

Concepts: Pronouns
Our Suggestions: Pronouns are words that stand for a name (I, you, he, she, him, her, they, them). Try to stress pronouns in sentences to draw your child’s attention to them. Encourage your child to repeat your sentence. ex. She is fishing. He is swimming. She is climbing. He is running away.

Corduroy

Concepts: Pronouns
Our Suggestions: Pronouns are words that stand for a name (I, you, he, she, him, her, they, them). Try to stress pronouns in sentences to draw your child’s attention to them. Encourage your child to repeat your sentence. ex. He is a teddy bear. She wants Corduroy. They went home.

Maisy's Pop-Up Playhouse

Concepts: Categories, labeling objects, following directions, eliciting sentences.
Our Suggestions: A must-have pop-up, portable playhouse! This book is adorable and great for language. Practice pretend play as Maisy dresses, bathes or showers, cooks and plays. Three sheets of pop-out accessories include clothes, dishes, food, etc. which can be placed in the closets and cupboards. Work on vocabulary by labeling objects, teach your child spatial orientation and following directions (ie "Put the pie in the oven"). Teach your child categories ("Where are Maisy's clothes?"). Encourage your child to talk about what he/she is doing ("Maisy is eating").


I Can't Said the Ant

Concepts: Rhyming
Our Suggestions: Read aloud with child a few times and then allow child to fill in the rhyming words. Pause and look at your child when it is his turn so that he knows you are waiting for him to "help you read".


Stage 7

Child uses 500+ words and says 4+ word combinations.

Be sure to check out Freebies and Articulation Books too.

Sign Language Cards
Touch & Feel
Alphabet
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ABCs: Touch & Feel Cards

Concepts: Vocabulary, sensory.
Our Suggestions: Parents can use these cards to teach their child receptively and expressively how to identify the early vocabulary words pictured.

Brain Quest

Concepts: Vocabulary, Recepive and Expressive language, concepts, Listening comprehension.
Our Suggestions: Keep this one in the car or by the diaper changer. Each time you have some extra time, ask your child a couple of these questions.

Cranium Cariboo

Concepts: Letters, numbers, shapes, colors, turn-taking and vocabulary.
Our suggestions: This game is one of our favorites! Your child can match colors, letters, shapes, and count numbers. He/she can also practice saying specific sounds and words if you use your own picture cards. Children are highly motivated with this "hide and seek" style game. It's great for having children say lots of words with flashcards. Children always enjoy the game's conclusion as they watch the treasure chest open revealing a large purple diamond inside.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Concepts: Past Tense, rhyming
Our Suggestions: Past tense is the “-ed” form or irregular past tenses such as sat and ate. As your child learns the “-ed” form, he or she may begin to say “eated” instead of “ate”. Don’t worry - this is normal. The “-ed” is hard to hear. Try and stress this as you talk as well as the meaning of “-ed”. Encourage your child to repeat your sentence. Praise “good talking”. ex. She swallowed a fly.


Stage 8

Child communicates well using sentences. Child could benefit from activities that focus on listening comprehension and verbal expression.

Be sure to check out Articulation Books and Online Activities too.

Guess Who

Concepts: Turn taking, eye contact, asking questions, physical attributes, /r/ sound (person).
Our Suggestions: While taking turns playing this game with your children courage them to look at you as they ask each question. Model different grammatical questions such as “Does your person have...?" "Is your person a girl?" "Does he/she have a...?"

Trouble

Concepts: Turn taking, counting.
Our Suggestions: A motivating popper to roll the dice. This is a game that children love. It can easily be used a a reinforcer for practicing flashcards or sound practice.
 
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