As being a speech-language pathologist am asked what toys I would recommend most for children with speech and language delays all of the time. Now, I’d love to share with you my 10 hints for selecting toys for your child using speech/language delays.
1. Ditch that the Batteries
My very first recommendation will be to skip batteries. In the event the toy requires batteries you probably don’t want to buy. OR…in case it takes batteries you can take them off. A really good example is that a really cute farm collection from the really popular toy maker. The toy put itself is so great! However, the duplex has batteries that it can create noises. You don’t need the barn to produce noises. You want your CHILD to generate the noises! Therefore…do like I do and just take them all out.
There really are a couple exceptions to this, of course. My kids have a couple toys that use batteries that I have allowed them to keep (with batteries). They have a couple toy cameras that take real pictures, a toy laptop (I really could take the batteries out, but I have left them), a toy vacuum (back, I really could get rid of the batteries too), a microphone that you can record your voice (so cool), and also a “karaoke” type toy such as walkie-talkie. Their toy drill additionally requires batteries also it’s this type of cool toy-it actually works! Therefore again…there definitely are exceptions however that I would try and have most of your toys battery free.
2. Pick Open Ended Toys
What exactly are open ended toys? They’re toys that have no beginning, middle or end. They can be utilised in a variety of ways and allow your child creative freedom in just how to manipulate and utilize them. These toys tend to function as more basic and traditional toys. That can be NEXT in my list!
3. Return Back to the Basics: Pick Traditional Toys
As mentioned above, the more traditional toys additionally tend to be more open ended in nature. Here are some examples of open ended, basic traditional toys:
- Wooden blocks
- Cars, trucks, transport toys (that they do NOT need to create noise! That is what your child will be right for. Take the batteries out!)
- Easy train paths and trains (we have wooden pair without any batteries. But I do have a plastic set WITH and without batteries to use with clients. Let us be honest. It *is fun to see the trains move across the trail sometimes!)
- Play kitchen and play food
- Farm Place (no noisy people!)) Or other creature places that satisfy your child’s interests (dinosaurs as an example)
- Doll House
- Mar. Potato Head
- Play Dough
- Dress up clothes
- Tool Set
- Tea Set
- Baby doll/baby blanket
4. Don’t Be Concerned about Gender
I just talked about that in my recent post the value of PLAY for Speech and Language Development. When picking toys for your child, don’t stick to gender specific toys. Let your girls play with trucks and trains as well as your boys play toy kitchens along with baby dolls. This is some research on the Effect of Specific Toys on Play from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
“What set the highest-scoring toys apart was that they prompted problem solving, social interaction, and creative expression in both boys and girls. Lately, toys that have traditionally been viewed as male oriented–construction toys and toy vehicles, for example–elicited the highest quality play among girls. Thus, try to set aside previous conceptions about what inspires male and female play and objectively observe toy effects to be sure boys and girls equally benefit from play materials.”
5. Skip the”ABCs and 1 2 3’s”
On the topic of going back to basics…Go take a stroll Target or some other huge chain store’s toy department. There’s this particular aisle (fine, several sometimes) with shelves stacked high with toys that say things such as “Teaches the ABCs!)” “Educational!” “Teaches Colours and Numbers!” And on and off.
Kim out of Little Stories talks concerning them and calls them SCLANS and our children don’t need them to learn their ABCs and 1 2 3’s. Actually, your children don’t need these types of toys. They tend to do ALL that the “doing” together with their lights and music and flashing lights. If your child has a speech and language delay, because a speech-language pathologist those skills are not on very top of my list of skills we need to target.
6. Utilize Toys that get Them Moving
It’s indeed important to get your kids moving! Even when indoors. Making temples and tunnels are all great ways to keep them moving indoors, without actually having to buy* specific “toys” for that purpose. In addition, we have some ride-on toys that people allow at your home (we have tile/hardwood floors) that keep our children moving in addition to balls (yes, even inside).
7. Don’t Forget to Get Outside
You don’t have to buy* outdoor toys. Heading into the park is great and FREE! But sometimes you don’t have a park nearby or It’s difficult to get you and the kids there…so here are some of my favourite outdoor toys:
- Water desk (A sizable bucket is going to do or a small pool)
- Buckets, cups, spoons (again, these can just be from your kitchen…Tupperware works well!)
- Small shovel/hoe for digging
- Ride on toys
- Play house– that is a larger purchase. We have one also it can provide HOURS of independent, creative play!